The Dodgers are heading into one of the biggest off-seasons — for their franchise in particular — in recent memory. The amount of game-changing names that are on the block are almost unprecedented. Lindor, Betts, Rendon, Cole, and possibly more. The first step for the Dodgers, though, might be to retain some of their own players.
According to former Nationals’ GM Jim Bowden at The Athletic, the Dodgers are best fits on the market for both left-handed starting pitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill.
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The oft-injured Ryu was absolutely fantastic in 2019 and was also the best pitcher in baseball on a per-start basis in 2018. He has been, without a doubt, a top-five starting pitcher over the last season and a half. In fact, over Ryu’s last 265 innings thrown, he holds a 2.21 ERA. Because of this, the Dodgers might get priced out depending on if the organization feels this is a fluke or not. According to Bowden, Ryu is set to receive somewhere in the neighborhood of a three-year, $55.5 million pact.
However, with Scott Boras as his agent… that number could be a little low.
Hill, signed by the Dodgers after an excellent half-season with the club in 2016, has met expectations. He has been hurt quite often, but when he has been on the mound, he has been ace-caliber. Hill collected a three-year, $48 million deal and is probably looking for a one-year deal now. Hill is going to be 40 years old at the start of the 2019 season and is expected to receive around a one-year, $8 million deal.