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Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu Receiving Major Interest from Texas Rangers

Ryu could be heading out of Los Angeles this winter.

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 10: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the MLB game between Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s free agent case will be an interesting one to monitor as he should garner intense interest around the league. After being a Cy Young finalist in 2019, he is also set for a big payday with super agent Scott Boras in tow.

According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Texas Rangers have their sights set on the Korean left-hander.

However, in a conflicting report, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com states that rival evaluators believe Ryu will remain in a Dodger uniform in 2020.

Ryu has spent his entire career in Dodger blue and has most likely gotten used to it. It would be a drastic change for the Korean lefty to go anywhere else because simply put, this is all he knows as home.

The southpaw Cy Young candidate has been impressive since the start of 2018, posting a 2.21 ERA over 44 starts. He was plagued by injuries in 2018 — namely a major groin injury — but had his healthiest season since 2013 — his rookie year — in 2019.

Ryu would seem to be a welcome fit back to the Dodgers, but only at the right price. Whatever team signs him will most likely be betting on the idea that the pitcher he has been in his last 44 starts is the pitcher that will show up throughout the duration of the contract. Apparently, the Texas Rangers are the first known team to have keen interest in Ryu.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. The Rangers have gone through some big spending phases. Would not be surprised to see them make a big splash.

  2. Ryu will stay with the Dodgers. Huge Korean fan base. Korea Town and the Dodger tendency has been to resign players. Stripling Urias, May & Gonsolin will fight for a rotation spot. Urias probably wins the spot.

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