The Detroit Tigers were one of seven teams most aggressively scouting South Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu-Hyun-jin. On Saturday it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers won the league-wide auction to negotiate with Ryu with a $25.7 million bid.
Now that they have won the bid the Dodgers have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Ryu and his agent Scott Boras. If a deal is unable to be reached Ryu will return to the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). The seven teams that gave a hard look at Ryu were the Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, and the Tigers.
Ryu, a 25-year-old left-hander, is a seven-time KBO All-Star. He led the league in strikeouts five times and posted the lowest ERA twice. Ryu put up strong numbers in the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Baseball Classic for the South Korean team.