Dodgers ink Korean LHP Ryu to 6-year deal

Updated: December 10, 2012

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year contract on Sunday.

The Ryu deal beat the 5 p.m. ET deadline at the end of the exclusive 30-day negotiating window the Dodgers won by posting a fee of $25.7 million, money that will go to Ryu’s Korean team, the Hanwha Eagles.

Ryu has spent his entire seven-year pro career in the Korea Baseball Organization, compiling a 98-52 record with a 2.80 earned run average over that time frame. He also helped South Korea to a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The 25-year-old southpaw went 9-9 with a 2.66 ERA last season.