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Dodgers’ first offer to Ryu Hyun-Jin falls “a tad short”

Dec 4, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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It appears that Ryu Hyun-Jin may remain in Korea.

The Dodgers put forward a $25.7 million posting fee early last month for the right to negotiate exclusively with the 25-year-old left-hander, then made a long-term offer to his representatives this week from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

But it “fell a tad short,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday night. And it’s not a certainty that Colletti and Co. will make a second proposal.

Ryu owns a 98-52 record, 2.80 ERA and 1238/383 K/BB ratio over seven seasons in the KBO (Korea’s top professional baseball league). If a deal can’t be worked out, the Dodgers will have that posting fee returned.

And the young southpaw can try again next winter to make the transition to the major leagues.


UPDATE, 8:44 PM: Ryu’s agent, Scott Boras, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he made a counter-offer. “We exchanged offers and negotiations continue,” said the super agent.

  1. paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    What enormous assholes. Standing in the way of a person’s career by making a disingenuous bid when they had no intention whatsoever to try to sign the kid.

    • Jeff M. - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      What makes you think the Dodgers don’t intend to sign him? Spreading disinformation and appearing unenthusiastic is how the game is played.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        Because the Dodgers said that they didn’t expect to start negotiations with him for several weeks despite only having a 1 month window and their stated reason for waiting was to see what the added in the mean time….meaning, if they signed other guys, they wouldn’t be interested in signing Ryu. They are using him as a fall back option. The posting system was not designed to be used as reserve option leverage in negotiations with other players.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Not to mention Ryu’s agent is Scott Boras. Like that guy’s a squeaky clean little angel.

    • davidpom50 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Stated reasons and real reasons are different things. They waited to start negotiations because there’s no reason to start earlier – Boras always waits till the last second to try to create urgency and leverage. The Dodgers floated the idea of waiting to see who else they could sign to create their own leverage. It’s all posturing and all part of a serious negotiation. I firmly believe a deal will get done on Sunday (the last day) and everyone involved will be happy with it.

    • dodgersdog - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Who knows how much they offered. Plus whatever they offered
      Was probably reasonable. Especially because the kid isn’t even
      In the top league in Asia, so who knows how he’s gonna do in
      The mlb. Lastly whatever anyone is offered to join the dodgers, should be enough,
      Because they’re gonna win a championship!

  2. chill1184 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    With all the money the Dodgers have been spending as of late, really Dodgers? Really? Kinda of douchebagish IMO

  3. sasquatchmelee - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    This is what’s wrong. Not the dodgers being assholes, but the illiterates who try to trash them. The dodgers made a long term offer but it fell short of what his reps wanted. Yes they are standing in his way for sure.

    • paperlions - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Give me a break. The Dodgers pretty much said that they weren’t interested in signing him the day after the bid was announced. Then they make one bid 3 weeks later and call it a day (reports are that they don’t plan to make any other offers). That is not an honest attempt to sign someone…it is being a douchebag and it is in violation of the posting system process…teams are not allowed to post bids for the sole purpose of preventing the player from signing with another team, which is obviously what the Dodgers did.

      • Jeff M. - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

        His agent is Scott Boras. He has a reputation for taking deals right up until the deadline (which is this Sunday). Do you actually believe the “reports” that the Dodgers are moving on? It’s really not *obvious* that the Dodgers did anything, at this point.

      • Jeff M. - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        Besides, Boras used to jerk Colletti around constantly. Remember the Manny deal, among others? If Colletti’s finally got Boras over a barrel, can you blame Ned for having some fun with it?

  4. sasquatchmelee - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Ya I can see your point. Not trying at all… [UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Ryu’s agent, Scott Boras, said he presented the Dodgers with a counteroffer. “We exchanged offrs and negotiations continue,” Boras said.]

    • magicrat13 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      facts?…who cares about facts?…LOL

      • Jeff M. - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Yeah! Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind’s already made up!

  5. jeru523 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    First of all, when the Dodgers made that aggressive bid to get Ryu, they viewed him as a relief pitcher, not a starting pitcher, atleast not in beginning of his mlb career. Scott Boras being the super agent he is, was shopping Ryu around as the second coming of Mark Buerhle…. now, im sure the Dodgers are no fools and just cuz they have the money to give him what he wants, they shouldn’t. He hasn’t proven anything in the majors. This is just a case of Scott Boras trying to strong arm the Dodgers…. and in all honesty the Dodgers don’t need him, the blue crew have all the leverage, they don’t and shouldn’t budge. Im sure there are plenty of pitchers we can get with major league experiance for way less than the posting fee we just handed out. The pressure is on Scott Boras to get this deal done!

    • sasquatchmelee - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:27 AM

      Well said

      • jeru523 - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Now how funny will it be if “super agent” Scott Boras, cant get a deal done with the MLB team with the most money to spend? that would be demoralizing to an agent of his stature! lol

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