The Major League Baseball season is barely a month over yet the Los Angeles Dodgers organization is already dishing out huge sums of money to try to help bring the best players possible to southern California.
Early Tuesday the Dodgers signed Ryu Hyun-jin a pitcher from South Korea. The Dodgers followed up that signing by announcing that Zack Greinke, one of the prized free agents on the market, had agreed to a multi-year contract. Ryu is the first player from the Korea baseball league to move directly into the majors.
The deal for Greinke was for six years and $147 million, as the front office in Los Angeles hopes the veteran winner will continue to win at his new home in Chavez Ravine. After signing Ryu and Greinke, the Dodgers now have eight starters on their pitching staff for next season and it is still not even mid-December.
The two new signees join a pitching staff that includes 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly, Josh Becket, Chad Billingsley, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano. Only two years prior to this, Los Angeles had just four starters during the 2010 offseason.
Last season, Greinke started the year with the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League and was traded prior to the trade deadline to the American League Los Angeles Angels. Between the two teams, he finished the season with a record of 15-5 with just a 3.48 earned run average. Over his last eight starts for the Angels, Greinke was 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA.
Greinke won a Cy Young award in 2009 with the Kansas City Royals and in 2011, he played his only full season for a National League team when he was with the Brewers.