Korean pitcher Ryu accepts Dodgers' qualifying offer

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Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a number of free agents this offseason, with the biggest being shortstop Manny Machado, starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Multiple sources have reported ahead of the 2PM deadline that he has indeed rejected his $17.9 million qualifying offer, effectively ending his time with the Dodgers. The move is similar to former left-hander Brett Anderson who also accepted the QO back in 2016. Ryu posted a 1.97 ERA, 5.93 K/BB rate, and 9.7 K/9 over 82 1/3 innings last season, with a 90.2 miles per hour average fastball that was in line with his pre-surgery velocity. Separate surgeries on Ryu's shoulder and elbow cost him all of the 2015 season and limited him to just a single game in 2016, and a torn groin sidelined Ryu for nearly three months of the 2018 campaign.

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A 31-year-old left-hander, Ryu was 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts, sidelined from May 2 to August 15 by a groin injury. He started off his postseason strong with a dominant outing against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, but the rest of his postseason was forgetful. For the Dodgers, it eliminates the risk of a multi-year contract and for Ryu he cashes in. He'll get another opportunity to prove that he can remain healthy over a full season, while doing so in a familiar environment of Dodger Stadium and playing for a contending team.

Having been a top-three catcher since coming to Los Angeles, Grandal is expected to command a contract with guaranteed money well exceeding his qualifying offer. He hit.241/.349/.466 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI. Although Grandal had a rough go in the postseason, he has been very good for the Dodgers during his Dodger tenure. The Dodgers now must decide whether to acquire a stopgap option behind the plate or put either Will Smith or Keibert Ruiz in a trial by fire situation.

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