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Chicago Cubs Make Bid for Korean Pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu

November 9th, 2012 at 5:49 PM
By Chester Baker

The Cubs are looking overseas to bolster their pitching staff. MLB sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs were one of the teams which submitted a bid for Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu.

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If the Hanwha Eagles, Ryu's current team, accept the Cubs offer, then Chicago will have the exclusive right to discuss a contract with Ryu. If no deal were to be reached, the Cubs and the Eagles would exchange no cash, and Ryu would stay in Korea. Ryu is sure to command a high price, as he is represented by Scott Boras, who notoriously gets tons of money for his clients. 

Scouts say that Ryu can reach the low-90s with his fastball and has a solid changeup. During his time in Korea he has averaged over 180 strikeouts per season, leading the league in Ks five times throughout his career. Perhaps most impressive about Ryu is his 2.80 career ERA. He also possesses a slider and curveball, but his changeup is Ryu's out pitch. 

Although it is not known how many teams submitted bids for Ryu, it seems like he could step in and immediately make an impact for Chicago. Given the fact that the Cubs will need to pay to talk to Ryu, Theo Epstein may see the Korean pitcher as a permanent solution to the team's pitching problems. 

Ryu was a member of the 2008 Olympics gold medal team, while also pitching in a second place effort for Korea in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. 

Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, MLB, Theo Epstein

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