Dodger-Mania: There Must Have Been Some Magic…
Less than 24 hours after the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to pay free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke $147 million over the next six seasons, they announced that they signed South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year, $36 million contract.
Ryu, 25, was a seven-time All-Star and league most valuable player with the Hanwha Eagles. Over his career, he was 98-52 with a 2.80 earned-run average.
When you add in the $25.7 million posting fee, the investment on Ryu totals $61.6 million.
Since the last sunrise, the Dodgers have dished out a total of $208.7 million dollars on two starting pitchers.
Once both deals are finalized the Dodgers will have eight starting pitchers under contract for next season: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
I’m still reeling from that trade they made last season when they took on the contracts of Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and so on.
Since the Magic Johnson ownership group took over, the team has taken on more than $650 million in salaries. Of course that lucrative new broadcast deal makes much of all this possible, but still…
It sort of gives me a new-found resentment for Bud Selig who kept his friends Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz afloat, while they swam in the same sea of chaos as Frank McCourt.
It’s hard to believe how quickly the Dodgers’ fortunes have changed. Money means nothing in Tinsel Town these days, while the Mets keep pinching pennies and attempt to low-ball their best starting pitcher in over a quarter century.
One thing to consider now is how the Dodgers will impact the R.A. Dickey trade market.
Los Angeles could easily make Capuano, Billingsley or Lilly available for trade, and probably for a lot less than what the Mets are asking for their knuckleballer.
It’s certainly something to consider.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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