Sunday, December 09, 2012

Yankees of the West keep spending

They just signed a South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, who's never spent a day in the MLB to a six-year $36 million deal. Again -- it must be driving the Dodgers crazy that the Giants have won two World Series, so they've become the new Steinbrenners. Here's part of the story from Ken Gurnick of 

The Ryu deal beat the 2 p.m PT deadline at the end of the exclusive 30-day negotiating window the Dodgers won by posting a fee of $25.7 million that will go to Ryu's Korean team, the Hanwha Eagles.
Adding Ryu completes management's offseason goal of loading up on starting pitching. The Dodgers now have a rotation of two Cy Young winners (Clayton Kershaw and Greinke), a seven-time All-Star in Ryu, followed by Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett. Each of the four Americans was a first-round Draft pick.
Starting pitchers Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly are now expendable for trades. However, the club also values depth because the health of Billingsley and Lilly is in question.


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