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08:09 AM ET 11.13 | That Los Angeles won the bidding for Ryu Hyun-jin doesn't mean the team is jumping into signing him. The Dodgers could wait until after the winter meetings to decide whether to sign [Ryu], 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. The Dodgers believe Ryu can step into their major league rotation next season, and it is unlikely they would damage their expanded presence in international baseball by failing to sign him. However, according to Kasten, the Dodgers might not determine whether to sign Ryu until after they see what pitchers they can acquire in trade or free agency by the time the winter meetings end Dec. 6.

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November 13, 2012  09:03 AM ET

The 25.7 the Dodgers shell out for an non-proven talent in the MLB would pay the salary of Greinke and a journeyman player next year.

November 13, 2012  09:20 AM ET

One stupid move after another for this team. I guess trading for Carl Crawford was OK since they did it as part of an overall strategy to get to the World Series. How did that work out?

November 13, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Ryu is pretty good pitcher, but did not dominate the k-league. So... it begs the question. Why sign a pitcher who has not dominated a league that may have talent level of low AAA...? And he is 26, not 20 or 21, which means he has relatively significant amount of miles on his left arm. His career ERA in K-league is 2.89. Pretty good, but not dominating.

November 13, 2012  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I guess trading for Carl Crawford was OK since they did it as part of an overall strategy to get to the World Series. How did that work out?

That's TBD.

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November 13, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

That's TBD.

yes--the strategy was to be competitive in 2013 and beyond

November 13, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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Seems like this system could be easy to abuse, just offer a big posting fee with no intention to sign if you want to keep a player away from rivals.

That would be pretty clever of the Dodgers. But I think Ted Lilly is 36 and injured, and signing a 25 year old left-hander to replace him would be a genuine priority for the Dodgers. I think their rumored "pursuit" of guys like Youkilis is blowing smoke to drive up the price for someone else.

November 13, 2012  11:45 AM ET
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The 25.7 the Dodgers shell out for an non-proven talent in the MLB would pay the salary of Greinke and a journeyman player next year.

Well... it could be an insurance policy.. If they can't sign Greinke or trade for a Shields, than this guy would more than replace Ted Lilly... who is coming off major surgury and is going to have challenges and set backs... and if they sign or make a major trade, they get the $25MM back... because now no one else but the Dodgers can sign this guy this year... so I don't see much down side for the Dodgers at this stage... be interesting to see how the next month plays out...

November 13, 2012  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One stupid move after another for this team. I guess trading for Carl Crawford was OK since they did it as part of an overall strategy to get to the World Series. How did that work out?

they didn't have any other option, to get alex gonzalez the dodgers had to take crawford contract as well, other than that no crawford no gonzalez,,,,,

November 13, 2012  12:14 PM ET

i the dodgers estrategy is the right thing to do, trade some pitchers and open a spot for the new rookie pitcher though,,.

November 13, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ryu is pretty good pitcher, but did not dominate the k-league. So... it begs the question. Why sign a pitcher who has not dominated a league that may have talent level of low AAA...? And he is 26, not 20 or 21, which means he has relatively significant amount of miles on his left arm. His career ERA in K-league is 2.89. Pretty good, but not dominating.

that's WHY the rights to sign him are half of the price as well, darvish top price for the rights to sign him were a bit higher 51.5,,, if this ryu pitcher is not a dominant pitcher that explain why,

November 13, 2012  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Ryu is pretty good pitcher, but did not dominate the k-league. So... it begs the question. Why sign a pitcher who has not dominated a league that may have talent level of low AAA...? And he is 26, not 20 or 21, which means he has relatively significant amount of miles on his left arm. His career ERA in K-league is 2.89. Pretty good, but not dominating.

Because he can hadouken every batter that gets a hit

November 13, 2012  04:30 PM ET

The dodgers remind me of myself on the nights i drink too much, pass out, wake up and eat a jar of peanut butter

November 13, 2012  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

One stupid move after another for this team. I guess trading for Carl Crawford was OK since they did it as part of an overall strategy to get to the World Series. How did that work out?

I tried to tell you the Crawford signing was too risky, but you wouldn't listen!

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November 14, 2012  02:21 AM ET

How do the Japanese, Koreans, etc. get away with charging $millions just to talk to a guy? Better question- why does the MLB pay them for the "option?"

 
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