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Dodgers Still Interested in Hyun-Jin Ryu, per Jon Heyman

The Dodgers are thinking about bringing back their long-time pitcher.

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 31: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The Dodgers are still interested in a reunion with starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, but they are also looking at the top of the market in Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, according to Jon Heyman.

The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays are also in on Ryu, per Heyman. He has also been connected to the Texas Rangers previously.

Ryu, who turns 33 in March, is coming off the best season of his career where he finished second in Cy Young voting to Jacob DeGrom. He threw 182 2/3 innings with a 2.32 ERA, 3.10 FIP and 4.8 wins above replacement. He owns a career 2.98 ERA, 3.32 FIP and 15.1 WAR in 740 1/3 innings.

I recently predicted Ryu will sign a four-year deal worth $80 million.

Although the Dodgers remain in contact with Ryu, it does appear he might be their third or fourth plan as they have their sights set on making a major acquisition this off-season. Based on the recent reports, the Dodgers are trying to add one of Cole, Strasburg, or Anthony Rendon to the roster.

The Dodgers are uniquely positioned to make a splash this off-season with no long-term contract commitments, around $40 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax threshold and an already deep roster that doesn’t need a lot of tweaking.

However, if they aren’t able to land one of Cole or Strasburg, we could see Ryu return to the place he’s called home since 2013.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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