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Dodgers bid $25.7M just to talk

SEOUL, South Korea — The Dodgers bid nearly $26 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.

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The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday that they have accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander. Major League Baseball later announced it was the Dodgers.

"We are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity," GM Ned Colletti said. "We have watched Ryu pitch for a long time, and he is another option to consider as we look to improve our team in 2013 and beyond."

Los Angeles now has 30 days to negotiate a minor-league or major-league contract with Ryu and his agent, Scott Boras.

Ryu was 98-52 with a 2.80 career ERA during seven seasons in South Korea. He pitched for his country on teams that won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and reached the championship game of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

The $25.7 million fee will be paid only if Ryu signs with the major-league team. Last winter, the Rangers gave pitcher Yu Darvish a six-year deal for $56 million after submitting a record $51,703,411 posting bid to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

More Dodgers: The team has approached free agent outfielder Torii Hunter about a two-year contract, reported. Hunter, 37, would likely be signed as an insurance policy for leftfielder Carl Crawford, whose recovery from elbow surgery will carry over into early next season. And, the team put out word that it would consider trading outfielder Andre Ethier. Hunter also has been pursued by the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies and one other AL team.

Nationals: Davey Johnson will be back for one more season as manager, then he will move into a role as a consultant in 2014. Johnson will be, at 70, the oldest manager in the majors in 2013.

Dodgers bid $25.7M just to talk 11/10/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 9:47pm]
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