Ryu elects free agency after 7 years

The Korea Times - - SPORTS -

It’s of­fi­cial: Ryu Hyun-jin is now a free agent, after spend­ing seven years with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

The Ma­jor League Base­ball Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (MLBPA) an­nounced its list of 131 free agents on Thurs­day (U.S. Eastern Time), a day after the con­clu­sion of the World Se­ries. More play­ers could join them, pend­ing op­tion de­ci­sions in their cur­rent deals.

And Ryu, the South Korean left-han­der com­ing off a Cy Young-wor­thy cam­paign, is one of four Dodgers to elect for free agency. Ryu signed a six-year, $36 mil­lion deal be­fore the 2013 sea­son, after pitch­ing for seven years in the Korea Base­ball Or­ga­ni­za­tion (KBO). Then last win­ter, Ryu ac­cepted a one-year qual­i­fy­ing of­fer, worth $17.9 mil­lion, to stay with the Dodgers.

He went 14-5 with a ma­jor league-best 2.32 ERA and threw 182 2/3 in­nings, his high­est to­tal since his 192 in­nings as a rookie in 2013. He was the Na­tional League (NL) starter at the All-Star Game and the NL Pitcher of the Month for May.

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