When a group spends $2 billion to secure ownership of a sports franchise they have shown that money is not an object for what they want and when that same ownership group makes a plethora of in-season moves and shells out money like there is no tomorrow then I guess the group is also showing the world that winning is first and foremost on their agenda.
These are both reasons why it shouldn’t be surprising that during the first offseason that Mark Walter, Stan Karsten, Magic Johnson and company have control over the Los Angeles Dodgers that they won’t be the busiest team in the MLB during the time between the end of the 2012 World Series to the beginning of the 2013 season.
The Dodgers have recently been selected as the winning bid for the rights to negotiate with Korean, left-handed pitching phenom Ryu Hyun-jin during this off-season. The Dodgers made a bid of $25.7 million just to secure the rights to discuss a possible contract with the 25-year old hurler over the next 30 days. If the Dodgers can come to terms with Hyun-jin and his agent Scott Boras, then he will be apart of their roster this spring if not then they have just dumped nearly $26 million down the toilet, but honestly I don’t think they would miss it at all.
Hyun-jin has complied a 98-52 record with an ERA of 2.80 along with 1238 strikeouts and has made the All-Star team in each of his seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization. Hyun-jin also led the Korean national baseball team to an Olympic gold medal in 2008 when he went 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA during the Beijing Games.
The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers (who are no stranger to bidding on the rights to negotiate with players from other countries) were also involved in the bidding process and coming up short to the Dodgers.