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Dodgers may wait until early December to negotiate with Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin

Nov 13, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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Via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

The Dodgers could wait until after the winter meetings to decide whether to sign South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, team President Stan Kasten said Monday.

The Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu. If they do not sign him by Dec. 10, they get their money back.

“That’s a decision that doesn’t have to be made until after the winter meetings are over,” Kasten explained to Hernandez.

The Dodgers want to see how the free agent market is shaking out before committing to Ryu for 2013 and beyond. Which only makes sense. The 25-year-old southpaw is thought to be major league-ready, but Los Angeles’ ownership has deep pockets and might be able to find more certainty down in Nashville.

  1. natslady - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    So, basically, they can decide not to sign him, and no other team gets a chance to sign him, and they get their money back. Great system.

    • paperlions - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      That isn’t how it works. If the Dodgers are deemed to have not made a sincere effort to sign him, only bidding to keep him from other teams, then the team with the next highest bid is awarded the rights and time to work out a deal.

      The Dodgers appear to have admitted that they may not try to sign him publicly, that is not how teams are supposed to use the system and Ryu and his team should be pissed.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    its an odd system…I say it can hurt a team because they offer a lot to just negotiate plus they pay the “posting fee” so yea I see it as an ok thing for them to have first crack at him but there should be a way for other teams to take a shot AFTER that…it doesn’t make sense why they go back to their home land and have to wait another year…

    • koufaxmitzvah - Nov 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM

      I can see a couple purposes. It keeps agents in check from making even more outlandish demands. And no one says the home team has to take the highest bid, so if Ryu negotiations fail, then maybe next time they’ll be more methodical and decide to take a lower bid from a team that is wiling to move mountains in order to invest in the Korean market.

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