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Dodgers: Poll Predicts Hyun-Jin Ryu Returning to LA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 07: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after his complete game shutout of the Atlanta Braves for a 9-0 win at Dodger Stadium on May 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

A recent article from MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa broke down the results of a poll by MLB Trade Rumors. The poll asked fans where they think some of the top free agents in baseball will end up this winter.

While the Dodgers did show up in polls for Gerrit Cole (4.8%), Anthony Rendon (8.2%), Stephen Strasburg (2.1%), Zack Wheeler (2.8%), and Madison Bumgarner (1.1%), 46.5% of MLBTR readers see the Dodgers keeping Cy Young runner-up Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ryu’s next most likely destination according to the poll is the Texas Rangers, who come in at 8.7% of votes. This is what Randhawa had to say about Ryu’s free agency:

“Coming off a career season in which he was finally able to stay healthy and put it all together, Ryu returning to the Dodgers is certainly a good possibility. But the second-place team in this poll presents an intriguing possibility in itself — Ryu’s countryman Shin-Soo Choo said earlier this month he encouraged the Rangers’ front office to look into inking Ryu, who is reportedly looking for a three- or four-year deal. Indeed, MLBTR, in its own predictions for where its top 50 free agents would end up, have Ryu going to Texas on a three-year, $54 million pact.”

Earlier this off-season Ryu has been linked to Texas in rumors, but there’s a likelihood that his market won’t develop until after one of Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg come off the table.

Written by Andres Soto

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  1. Ryu had a great year in what he did E. R .A . Etc. But as he gets older showed some signs of giving up the golfer ball ,I think if the Dodgers do sign him he should be used in the proper way, I just don’t feel that Ryu will have another year like last year and the injuries will set in again.Let him go to the American league or even stay in the National League use the money on someone younger and who could hold a decent future. Just my opinion.

  2. Why do they need to sign a 3rd tier starter? They have Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, Julio Urias, Kenta Maeda to go with Walker and Kersh. If they add a starter, add one that’s better or equal to your best. Cole. Ryu has a history of injuries and fades. Zach maybe a good addition but not at 15-20 mil/yr that Ryu will get. The pitching help is really needed in the pen. Maeda has proven time and time again he is a great long man out of the pen. Kelly was what is always has been. Look at his career, the Dodgers signed him because he had a great series against them. He is not the 8th inning guy. Baez was solid and was Garcia. They just need to lower the gopher balls. This team is the favorite without doing anything. If they add a free agent, let it be Cole or Rendon. Either one makes the team that much better.

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