Fresh from their six-year, $147 million agreement with Zack Greinke, the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday signed another starting pitcher – South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin.
Ryu's contract is for $36 million over six seasons. If he pitches 750 or more innings over the first five years of the contract, he can opt out of the sixth year. He received a $5 million signing bonus and can earn up to $1 million annually in performance bonuses.
The Dodgers earned the negotiating rights for Ryu with a $25.7 million bid and had 30 days to come to an agreement. The deadline was 2 p.m. PT on Sunday. Agent Scott Boras represents Ryu.
Over seven seasons pitching for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, Ryu, 25, was 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA. He led the league in strikeouts five times and in ERA twice.
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He joins a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett and one of Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.Read More »from Dodgers, Ryu Hyun-jin reach $36M agreement