Hyun-jin Ryu Beats Deadline To Add To Embarrassment of Dodger Pitching Riches

Well, they weren’t kidding about taking this down to the wire, were they? It took a Jon Heyman tweet four minutes after the deadline to get the news out and nearly forty minutes more to get contract details, but Hyun-jin Ryu has officially signed with the Dodgers after taking every last second of his negotiating period to do so.

Ryu, 26 in March, gets himself a six-year deal worth $36 million (plus $1m per year in performance bonuses – I believe I was the first to report 6/$42m), with the ability to opt out for the final year if he throws 750 innings in the first five seasons, per Tim Brown. The total outlay on him, including posting fee, is $62 million — more if he hits all the bonuses — and if that sounds like a lot, well, it is. On the other hand, people like to act as though “mid-rotation starter” or “#3 guy” is a negative term, but every team needs those guys to win. You’ve seen what’s happened to the market this year, and it’s fair to expect that’s only going to go up in future seasons. Looking at it that way, this seems like a pretty fair deal for both sides – and good on the Dodgers for locking him up for at least five years, when Scott Boras was asking for two or three to start with.

As I’ve been saying for weeks, I never believed the rumors that this wasn’t going to get done, though I’ll admit to some amount of uneasiness as the final minutes ticked off the clock. Now that we know the posting fee is official, I’ve added it to the payroll tracker, and, wow: including dead money, the Dodgers have $263.59m on the books for 2013, and that’s not going to be the end of it, not even close. I haven’t added Ryu’s yearly salary yet, since I haven’t heard the breakdown, and they still need to find an outfielder, maybe a third baseman, and settle arbitration cases. I mean… just, good lord.

Not that everyone still around is going to be around, of course. Looking at the updated depth chart… well, that’s a hell of a lot of starting pitching, isn’t it? The rotation currently looks to be:

Clayton Kershaw
Zack Greinke
Chad Billingsley
Hyun-jin Ryu
Josh Beckett

Which… yep, and there’s reports (which I cannot confirm, and honestly don’t put a ton of stock into) that they may yet still somehow retain interest in Anibal Sanchez or James Shields or Kyle Lohse. That puts Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, & Ted Lilly squarely on the trading block, and it’s a good thing, too; with Ryu & Greinke, the 40-man roster is now full.

It’s truly amazing how the weekend has gone, really. If you’d done nothing but listen to the public reports two days ago, you’d have been absolutely certain that the Dodgers would get neither Greinke or Ryu and we’d be stuck trying to convince ourselves that signing Lohse wasn’t the worst idea in the world. (It is.) Look how far we’ve come now.

Fun, isn’t it?

587 comments
1STOMEANY
1STOMEANY

Good Lord !!!! Where do you think Dodgers can find a fit for Cappy, Aaron, Lilly... I know we're stucked with Uribe but who else on the trade block ?

Joey Caltabellotta
Joey Caltabellotta

I know I'm beating a dead horse, but opt-out clause for Greinke? I would have just given him the no trade clause or an option for a 7th year.

Technogit
Technogit

What bothers me about all this money being spent is that the expectations may be so high there is no room for the individuals on the team to be human, i.e., imperfect. The pressure to be perfect may be so great, that their performance is undermined. I hope I'm being a big baby here, and none of that happens.

JoeyE
JoeyE

if we got shumaker and had him and punto, donnie is going to utilize the "pinch bunt" a ton

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Aight time for bed. Gnite all. Hopefully more to come over the next week. Maybe they sign Sanchez and Hamilton and my head blows up Scanners style.

efb
efb

For you beer lover, ill mention this brew again, the Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout is amazing. Please pick it up and try it out before it's off the shelves

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

anybody know why John M doesn't come around anymore?  

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

Hahaha. Oh, Simers.

 

"Do we have a chauffeur to thank for all this?"

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Hey stop and consider this a minute. The Dodgers have instantly made their rotation better without giving up ZLee or Reed or Gould. Man thats nice to think about.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Technogit I feel like knowing how deep they are, the players can relax and none of them will feel like they have to do it all. But I feel like you could probably come up with some rationale for whatever theory you want. We'll see what happens. 

Joey Caltabellotta
Joey Caltabellotta

@Catfishin I'm hoping Gordon can find a home at 2b after Ellis burns out or during the 2014 season. Completely against trading him or trying him at 3b.

efb
efb

 @Catfishin man i've heard a lot of dumb things this off season, this is close to the top

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @ccaarrllooss I like his sarcastic comment of, "hey, at least we got Adam Kennedy that year." And there was just silence by the other guys. They didn't get the funny..

efb
efb

 @ccaarrllooss Mike's voice reminds me of someone but i cannot put my finger on it

I Digesti
I Digesti

@efb Tumbler is pretty nice. Prefer the original, however

Technogit
Technogit

@The_Real_Paul maybe I'm just so UN-used to all these goodies, I just don't know how to accept them with ease.

JoeyE
JoeyE

 @Catfishin lol. 

 

he's such a philly homer too

i cant wait to hear what he says about michael young. or maybe he already has

efb
efb

 @Catfishin Wow really? I love their seasonals and limited selections. Have you had their Ruthless Rye? 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @efb unfortunately, it's one of my talents. obscurity. 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @EephusBlue I know he beefed with vodf a lot, but that's not an issue anymore. I miss his posts. Felt like he brought some good sabr perspective without taking himself too seriously. 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Technogit  @The_Real_Paul I know how you feel. I still feel like I'm gonna wake up from this any minute now and find out that McCourt is about to trade Kemp for salary relief. 

Joey Caltabellotta
Joey Caltabellotta

 @Lobo  I'd give him a shot in LF if Crawford doesn't develop back into the hitter and fielder he was with the Rays. Crawford had a gun on him that saved runs from scoring when he threw the ball from LF, and I don't imagine he'll have the same throwing arm as he did before TJ, but I think he has a great chance at becoming a great hitter again. If this is the case then I'd rather wait the year and place Dee at 2B instead of replacing Crawford or Ethier with him.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @LA Woman  And as soon as they asked what deal the Dodgers could make that he would see as the biggest mistake, I knew he was going to say Lohse before they could finish asking the question. Great job, Mike!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @The_Real_Paul If we get Hamilton then trade Dre my head will asplode  for how unexpected it was and for having to admit the turkeys on twitter who said we should get Hamilton were right 

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @EephusBlue i seriously don't see it happening, but at this point it would be like "oh we got Hamilton. That's cool I guess."