December 12, 2012 09:06
Ryu Hyun-jin, the first Korean baseball player to move directly to Major League Baseball from the Korean professional league, was officially presented to the public as a Dodger at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Magic Johnson, an NBA legend and a co-owner of the club, delivered a No. 99 jersey to Ryu, the same number he wore for former club Hanwha Eagles in Korea.
Ryu said he is targeting at least 10 wins and an ERA below 3.00 in his first year in the Majors. He added, "I'd like to break Park Chan-ho's record of 124 wins, the most by an Asian in the MLB. I watched so many Dodgers' games when Park first appeared on TV. I'll do my best to chase his record."
Dylan Hernandez, who covers the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Times, unveiled the details of Ryu's contract on his Twitter account. Of the US$36 million six-year deal, Ryu will receive $5 million as an upfront signing fee. The remaining $31 million will be paid over six years incrementally, starting at $2.5 million next year, $3.5 million in 2014, $4 million in 2015, and $7 million for the final three years.
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