NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Granted 30 days to sign South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, the Los Angeles Dodgers are down to less than six and believe they've made little progress toward a deal.
"Not really," general manager Ned Colletti said Monday night. "The pace we're on isn't necessarily a pace to get a deal done. So, we'll see."
Pressed on what the holdup might be, Colletti said, "All I'm going to say is the pace is currently the pace. … We certainly want to sign the player."
Ryu's agent, Scott Boras, said he's "taken the time to meet twice" with the Dodgers.
"As we usually do we've had good meetings," Boras said. "We've yet to receive an offer. When we do we'll hopefully begin discussions."
The Dodgers won the right to negotiate with Ryu with a $25.7 million bid. If the sides do not come to an agreement by 5 p.m. ET Sunday, the bid would be returned to the club.
Meantime, the Dodgers are focused on other starting pitchers. They would like to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke, but have not yet made an offer. Asked if he'd met with Greinke's agent, Casey Close, Monday, Colletti responded, "I saw Casey today," and declined further comment.
In the hopes of signing two starters, the Dodgers also have shown interest in Anibal Sanchez.
Speaking generally of the starting pitching market – only Hiroki Kuroda has signed among the higher-end free agents – Colletti said negotiations have been deliberate.
"They're going to be methodical," he said. "I think everybody is in diligence mode right now."
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