The Los Angeles Dodgers have bid $25.7 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin of South Korea.
Dodgers make $25.7M
bid for pitcher Ryu
The Los Angeles Dodgers have bid $25.7 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.
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The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday they have accepted a posting fee for the 25-year-old left-hander. Major League Baseball officials announced the team was the Dodgers.
“We are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.
Los Angeles has 30 days to negotiate a contract with Ryu and his agent, Scott Boras. If a deal can’t be reached, Ryu will remain with the Eagles and the Dodgers will be refunded their posting fee.
“I’ve taken a step toward a dream come true,” said Ryu, a five-time Korean league strikeout champion.
Johnson to return
Davey Johnson will return to the dugout next season, his last as a manager, Washington Nationals officials announced.
Johnson, 69, will be a special adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo for the 2014 season.
Bonderman gets offer
Pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, who attended Pasco High School, reportedly has been offered a contract to return to the Detroit Tigers.
Bonderman, 30, hasn’t pitched in two years and is coming off major elbow surgery, but he sounds eager to make a comeback.
Bonderman has told ESPN he is looking for a team to give him “just a minor-league deal, with a major-league (spring-training) invite.”
Klitschko keeps titles
Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine retained his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, unanimously outpointing Mariusz Wach of Poland in Hamburg, Germany.
The judges scored it 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109 for Klitschko (59-3). Wach dropped to 27-1.
Del Potro advances
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina earned the last berth in the semifinals of the eight-player ATP finals in London by beating the already-qualified Roger Federer of Switzerland 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 in London.
Del Potro will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sunday before Federer takes on Andy Murray of Britain.
Del Potro said he still considers himself an underdog.
“Now you have three big names in the semifinals and one big guy,” the 6-foot-6 del Potro said.
Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany overcame a hip injury to win the season’s first World Cup slalom, with 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, Colo., in third place in Levi, Finland.
Hoefl-Riesch trailed Tanja Poutiainen of Finland after the first run but had the fastest time in the second for a total time of 1 minute, 55.58 seconds.
• Patrick Chan of Canada and Kiira Korpi of Finland won titles at the Rostelecom Cup figure-skating competition in Moscow.
Chan said his good showing was a result of his chagrin at placing second at Skate Canada last month. “It kind of sparked something in me,” he said. His disappointment spurred him to practice harder and “I didn’t leave any chance for mistakes.”
• After four straight days of talks, the NHL and the players’ association stayed in contact from afar Saturday morning and then got together for a small, informal lunch meeting in the afternoon of the 56th day of the lockout.
• Montreal forward Blake Geoffrion, 24, had surgery for treatment of a depressed skull fracture after absorbing a hit while playing for the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs. Officials of the NHL Canadiens said Geoffrion is expected to make a full recovery.
• American swimmer Missy Franklin, a winner of four gold medals at this year’s London Olympics, took two more events at the Minneapolis Grand Prix.
The 17-year-old from Centennial, Colo., won the 50-yard freestyle (22.15 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (50.97). She won the 200 free on Friday.
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