LOS 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.