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Dodgers reach $36 million deal with Ryu

ryu hyun jin640 640LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a 6-year deal worth $36 million for top South Korean left-handed hurler Ryu Hyun-jin, MLB.com reported Saturday.

 

The Ryu deal beat the afternoon deadline to end the 30-day exclusive negotiating window that the Dodgers had won by posting a fee of $25.7 million that will go to Ryu's Korean team, the Hanwha Eagles.

 

That was reportedly the third-largest posting fee for such negotiating rights, following Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish's worth $51.7 million and his compatriot Daisuke Matsuzaka's, worth $51.1 million.

 

Ryu was the first player to win the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season in Korea, when he went 18-6.

 

He averaged 15 wins a season until this year, when the Eagles finished last and he had only nine wins, along with a 2.66 ERA.

 

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012