October 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Flush with cash after the team's sale this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy spending it on starting pitching.
The team introduced left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (Ree-YOO He-YUN jin) of South Korea on Monday, making him the first player ever to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues.
Ryu signed a $36 million, six-year deal after talks went down to the final seconds of the negotiating window a day earlier. The Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu. If they hadn't reached a deal by Sunday's 2 p.m. PST deadline, Ryu would have returned to the Hanwha Eagles and the Dodgers would have been refunded the posting fee they paid for exclusive rights to negotiate with the 25-year-old pitcher.
The Dodgers are expected to finalize a deal with free agent right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday.