The Eagles accepted the Los Angeles Dodgers’ estimated $25.7 million offer on November 9, 2012, giving them a 30-day window to try to reach an agreement with Ryu.
On December 9, he signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the option to opt out after the fifth year if specific performance standards were met (750 innings pitched by the fifth year, an average of 150 innings per year).
Ryu won his first game as a Dodger on March 17, 2013, albeit in a spring training game on St. Patrick’s Day.
In 5+23 innings, he only gave up one run and retired the final 11 batters he faced. He struck out six batters and only allowed five runners to reach base.
On April 2, 2013, Ryu made his Major League Baseball debut, pitching against the San Francisco Giants. In 6.1 innings, he gave up 10 hits but only one earned run.
On April 7, Ryu defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for his first Major League victory. With a double in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 13, he got his first major league hit.
He went 3 for 3 at the plate in the game, becoming the first Dodger pitcher to do it since Randy Wolf in 2009. This was also his 100th career victory, in both South Korea and the United States.
Ryu struck out 12 batters in six innings against the Colorado Rockies on May 1, 2013, his highest strikeout total in an MLB game.
Does Hyun Jin Ryu Have Any Kids?
Hyun Jin Ryu has two children. A son and a daughter.