Ryu elects free agency after 7 years
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.