Dodgers Remain Hyun-Jin Ryu Free Agent Possibility

A possible avenue for Ryu to return to Los Angeles exists.

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)

While it’s already been mentioned that Hyun-Jin Ryu shouldn’t be expected to take a discount in free agency, it remains a distinct possibility. To recap, Ryu is represented by Scott Boras. Certainly, bigger name starting pitchers are on the market in Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. However – once those two pitchers find a home – Ryu could find himself the prize target. Notably, the Dodgers could be one of those teams.

Now, Jorge Castillo of the LA Times drops an interesting nugget at the end of his column. Furthermore, it sheds some light at where things stand in regards to the Dodgers and Ryu in his upcoming free agency.

Indeed, Castillo breaks down the scenario that could likely play out with the Korean Monster.

Ryu is a high-ceiling, low-floor second-tier option in this free-agent class. Teams that strike out on Cole and Strasburg — or aren’t interested in giving a huge contract to either ace — could turn to Ryu to bolster their starting rotation with a three- or four-year contact. The Dodgers remain a possibility — perhaps at a discounted rate considering Ryu relishes playing in Los Angeles — but he will have strong suitors.

Certainly, Castillo is well tied in with his assessment of the free agent class and Ryu’s standing within it. Equally important, how things play out with the two biggest fish are going to have an immense impact on Ryu’s landing spot.

Finally, this is a scenario that not many Dodger fans saw coming. For example, Ryu hits the market and then subsequently fields offers from several teams. Only after the Dodgers and a few other teams see they are out of the market for Cole and Strasburg does the focus turn back to Ryu.

Then, the avenue for the ace’s return to Los Angeles could become more clear. It’s also important to note that once he becomes the focus of several teams as the top option, his price will go up. It’s going to be an interesting aspect to Ryu’s negotiation and future home in the big leagues.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.


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  1. Due to his injury history, I would be out on Ryu. Signing him does not make us better, it makes us the same as last year, albeit, the starting core was pretty good last year. The Dodgers need a Co-Ace. If Cole goes to either Anaheim or New York, and Strasberg to San Diego, the only way to attain that Co Ace is via trade. The answer is in Cleveland, where two of three birds can be attained with one stone. Lindor/Kluber to LA for Seager, Pederson, Ruiz and Josiah Gray.

  2. i think the dodgers should try to sign him he had a great year maybe try to sign him for 1 year and see if he will accept that

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