Dec 102012
 

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Dodgers “are finished in the market for starting pitching.” Unless the unexpected happens of course. This obviously crushes Anibal Sanchez‘s dreams of winning the World Series with the Dodgers next year. The Dodgers were known to have interest in free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez even after inking a record-setting six-year, $147MM contract with Zack Greinke, but then the Dodgers added$61.7MM to the starting pitching budget by signing the Korean phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Also falling to backburner is Kevin Youkilis, as the Dodgers seem to have soured on the former AL All-Star, according to Nick Cafardo. Youkilis wasn’t my first pick either, so I am not a bit upset that we aren’t wasting money on this guy. Luis Cruz is slotted to open the season as the starting third baseman. But that’s not all folks, the Dodgers are still in the market for a starting infielder, according to Jon Heyman. He adds that Youkilis is no longer on the Dodgers’ radar. The Dodgers certainly have some trade chips to work with so anything is possible at this point.

The days of thinking small in Dodgertown are officially over. What’s next? That’s the million dollar question now isn’t it?

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Dec 102012
 

By SBRForum.com

It was announced this past Sunday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed left handed pitching sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu to a huge, six year contract. With the signing, the team will see a lot more depth in their starting pitching position that will surely make them more dangerous as a team in 2013. Ultimately, this signing makes the Los Angeles Dodgers viable MLB picks for the upcoming season as well as many more to come.

As it pertains to Ryu, his biggest asset is the fact that he is indeed a left handed pitcher. This gives the Dodgers the option to start him against teams that have powerhouse hitters as a way to fluster them early in the season. Add to that the fact that he is coming from the Korean Baseball Organization and you have someone that a host MLB teams will not be ready for in the early parts of the baseball year. Most signings involve bringing in players from other teams that hitters may have played before and have a feel for, but this is not the case with Ryu. He will surely give a lot of hitters a head throughout the season. Add to that the fact that in the KBO he went 98 and 52 with an ERA of 2.8 overall and you have a good starting pitcher to work with. He is a dangerous commodity and the Dodgers were smart to sign him when they did. Overall, he is the right fit for the team.

With the signing of Hyun-Jin Ryu the Los Angeles Dodgers have seen a spark to their 2013 that was not their previously. If they utilize him well and figure out exactly which games to use him in, the team could certainly be entering the World Series come October.

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Nov 192012
 


The Dodgers met Monday with Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin and his agent, Scott Boras. There is no love lost between Boras and the Dodgers. As a matter of fact there is a lot of bitterness towards Boras among a lot of Dodgers executives. The Dodgers have been very reluctant to work with Boras over the last couple of years, perhaps with the new owners around, the Dodgers are could be making amends with the powerhouse agent.

I’ve never been a big fan of ol’ Boras myself,  and the Dodgers should tread lightly when dealing with MLB’s snake in the grass. Regardless, it’s doubtful that an offer was made anyway. Los Angeles paid a $25.7MM posting free for exclusive negotiating rights with Ryu, but the club is expected to wait until the December Winter Meetings to begin real contract talks. That should give the club enough time to come up with a gameplan that will dethrone the San Francisco Giants. The best news in all this is, should the Dodgers fail to work out a deal with the 25-year-old southpaw, they will get their money back.

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Nov 192012
 

By SBRForum.com

While many have been talking about how barren the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff looked near the end of the season, the team had not made any major moves towards getting a fresh face for the lineup.  That is, until this past week when they secured the rights to negotiated with one Ryu Hyun-jin.  By securing Hyun-jin, the Dodgers could solidify themselves as major MLB picks for the upcoming season.

As a franchise, the Dodgers have a history working with pitchers of Asian heritage.  In the 1990s they had two powerhouses from the Far East in Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.  Both men played on All Star teams and aided their team greatly in all aspects of the game.  By adding Hyun-jin, they will be reigniting the tradition of using pitchers from Asian that will hopefully lead to them entering the World Series come next October.  Hyun-jin’s biggest asset to the team is that he is an exceptional pitcher that is rather young.  At 25, he has quite a bit of years left as a viable pitcher and is much younger than the teams current pitching staff.  By acquiring his services, the team will be able to begin building the team around him and setting up a sort of dynasty that they will hope extends into the next decade.  Hyun-jin certainly has the talent to be built into the center piece of the franchise, but first they will need to get him signed to a contract.  There will be plenty of other teams that will be chomping at the bit to get Hyun-jin, so Los Angeles will need to act quick to get him on their team.

As a player, Ryu Hyun-jin will be a great addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers.  They have a lot of people on their radar at the moment, but Hyun-Jin has jumped to the top of the list.  By acquiring him, they will become a force to be reckoned with in the 2013 season.