Hanwha Eagles pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin has sealed a six-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth US$36 million including a transfer fee of $5 million, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.
Under the deal, Ryu is entitled to an annual bonus of $1 million depending on his performance each season.
This makes Ryu the 13th Korean to play in U.S. Major League Baseball, but the first in the 31-year history of Korean professional baseball to shuttle directly from one league to the other.
Two others went from Korea to the U.S. but did so by transitioning through the Japanese league. Lee Sang-hoon made it to the Boston Red Socks through this circuitous route in 2000 and Koo Dae-sung went to the New York Mets in 2005.