The winning bid for Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was $25,737,737.33, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). It’s a record amount for a South Korean player and it’s unclear which team submitted the bid. The Hanwha Tigers have accepted the bid and now the winning club now has 30 days to sign the southpaw.
Ryu, 25, was posted earlier this month. He’s been one of the Korean Baseball Organization’s most dominant pitchers over the last five years or so, helping the country to Olympic gold in 2008 and a second place finish in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the lefty 37th on his Top 50 Free Agents list and said Ryu could wind up in the bullpen given concerns about his durability and thick body.
We’ll keep you posted when the winning team is revealed.