The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to try and go after the most recent Asian pitcher to hit the market in Hyun-Jin Ryu. Considering the Dodgers will not have the greatest amount of payroll flexibility after taking on the contracts of Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford during the season, the team could look at putting two starters in Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano on the trade block.
The Dodgers won the bidding for Ryu Saturday with a $25.7 million bid. Ryu, from South Korea, has gotten most of his American publicity from the World Baseball Classic. He has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the Korean Baseball Organization for the Hanwha Eagles. Ryu sports a nice fastball with a combination changeup. The also can pitch a 70-mph curve if needed.
Los Angeles seems to be satisfied with Ted Lilly returning from shoulder surgery and Chad Billingsley avoiding Tommy John surgery during the offseason. If a deal with Ryu is struck Harang and Capuano could both be on the way out.
Harang bounced back from some ugly seasons recording 10 wins in 31 starts. He lowered his ERA to 3.61 and struck out 131 batters. Very nice improvement after recording 17 losses only four years ago. Capuano won 12 games in his first season with the Dodgers. He struck out 162 batters and had a 3.72 ERA.
There sure would be a market for both pitchers since there are some teams that could use reassurance in the starting rotation.
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