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Cubs among teams to submit bids on Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

Nov 8, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs were among the teams who submitted a bid. The Hanwha Eagles have four business days to decide whether they are going to accept the highest bid.

7:42 PM: We learned early last week that the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization were planning to post left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin for MLB teams. We may soon find out who had the winning bid.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, bids for Hyun-Jin were due by 5 p.m. ET today. While Grant doesn’t have confirmation, he believes the Rangers may have made a bid.

The Eagles have the right to accept or decline the bid, as Hyun-Jin can’t leave Korea as an outright free agent until 2014. If they accept, Hyun-Jin will have the opportunity to negotiate a contract with the winning team. He has already hired Scott Boras to represent him, which puts an interesting wrinkle in the proceedings. Assuming a contract is eventually worked out, the Eagles will then receive the posting fee.

Hyun-Jin, 25, has been one of the best starters in KBO since winning the Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season as a teenager. He’s not a hard-thrower, mostly sitting in the high-80s to low-90s (pitch data courtesy of MyKBO.net), but his changeup is considered a quality pitch.

  1. spytdi - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Are they attempting to bid on Darvish without the hard stuff? It’s gonna get blasted in the MLB.

    • sunrider101 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      LHP with 90 MPH fastball and good change up has nothing in common with RHP with high 90 heat of Darvish.

      I saw him play in WBC, and kid looked good. He won’t be top of the rotation material, and no team should be spending 50 mil like they did for Darvish, but this kid can make it. he is only 25 yr old too.

  2. hpt150 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Wei-Yin Chen had a pretty good season.

  3. spytdi - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks Sunrider, I stand corrected.

  4. mfiske78 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Looks like Theo is up to his old tricks again. Good luck with that Cubs.

  5. romoscollarbone - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Being referred to as a change up pitcher is not a positive. Unless you throw 98 wild cheese and a Pedro circle change.

  6. iamjimmyjack - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Come to SoCal baby. U pick which team and ill support u either way. If u want to win you’ll sign here.

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