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A small update to last night’s small update on the status of 25-year-old Korean lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. He is being posted by his team in Korea (a process by which MLB teams submit a single, sealed bid for the right to negotiate a contract with Ryu – whoever bids highest gets that right), and bids were due yesterday at 4pm CT.

As expected, the Chicago Cubs did indeed submit a bid for Ryu, whose team, the Hanwha Eagles, will now sort out all of the bids, select the highest (if it’s high enough), and then inform MLB of the winner. The process could take several days, and we might not know if the Cubs won the bid until next week.

How much did the Cubs bid? Who else bid? Well, we can only guess on the former – I’ve seen estimates anywhere from $5 million to $25 million, which is to say: no one knows – but the Dallas Morning News reports that, in addition to the Cubs, the Rangers, the Dodgers, and the Red Sox are believed to have submitted bids.

So now we play the waiting game. Ryu is not expected to be a game-changing import in the way that Yu Darvish was, but he is believed to be a capable big league starter, who could represent quite a bargain if he sticks as a number 3/4 starter for the next few years. In other words, the Cubs winning the bid on Ryu would be very good news (assuming they can then reach an agreement with him). Perhaps not quite on the order of landing Jorge Soler, but definitely in the Gerardo Concepcion range (at the time of acquisition) – and we were all pretty excited about that one.

  • The Show

    Would he start in the majors or take time in the minors?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Either is possible, but the expectation right now is that he’d slot right into the big league rotation.

  • Fishin Phil

    “but definitely in the Gerardo Concepcion range – and we were all pretty excited about that one. ”

    Do you have a mouse in your pocket??

    I’m still luke warm on Concepcion.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Note the use of the past tense there. I’m talking about the caliber of the acquisition.

      • Stevie B

        Gosh Brett, I read what you wrote and completely got it.
        At the time of the signing, we were pretty stoked.
        AT THE TIME……

        • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

          so what, you’re cashing out on him already. typical.

  • http://worldseriesdreaming.com/ Rice Cube

    Muskat blogged and said it should take four business days for the Korean club to decide whether to accept the bid. So Wednesday at the latest?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, I mentioned that last night – that’s the rule, but it doesn’t always play out that way (that is to say, we don’t always find out on that 4th business day). Sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes longer.

      • http://worldseriesdreaming.com/ Rice Cube

        I saw that. But I’m guessing something of this magnitude and the fact that the Koreans have Samsung phones means that someone’s gonna be Tweetin’ something, y’dig? ;)

  • North Side Irish

    He’s a little scary to me…all depends on the price. I’ve seen people call him a #3 and I’ve seen people call him a lefty reliever. Spending $25M I would like to be more sure he’s a starter. He could be a bargain or he could be an overpaid bullpen guy. The Cubs have money to spend and I guess they need to take risks…but it’s scary.

  • 100 Years of Tears

    Brett,
    Did you figure out this weird formatting issue happening with IE? On my Mac last night I didn’t notice anything, but here at work it’s all shifted left.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      and I’m not sure if it’s my Internet here at work or not, but the Message Board won’t load at all… NOOOOOOO!!! Need my Cubs Calendar.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Details please. When you say it won’t load at all, what do you mean? What exactly is happening – more details the better.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          And by details I mean – how did you try to get there? Does it just load a white page? Is it trying to load something (you can see in the bottom left), but just hanging there? Is it loading something it shouldn’t be? Anything you can think of to share might help, because I can’t recreate the problem.

          • 100 Years of Tears

            I’m using the ‘Message Board’ button under the banner at the top of the page. When it goes there, I get the banner and a white page.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Is something still trying to load at that point, or is the page completely done loading and just blank?

              • 100 Years of Tears

                It’s not loading anything else… it’s just the banner, a lot of white space, and an ad at the bottom (xfinity)

          • CubFan Paul

            after posting a comment minute ago, the whole BN page is now aligned to he left of my screen

            the msg board is the same but worse because its missing color and formatting

          • hansman1982

            For me it only loads the header – i.e. the line that the “View New Content” button is on and up – everything else is white page.

            I have also noticed that the entire BN website has shifted to the left today. Rather than being centered it is now Left justify.

            I would send you a screenshot but it being work and all. I enjoy my paycheck.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              On the main site, does everything immediately show up on the left, or does it start to load normally and then “shift” over to the left once everything has loaded?

              • Drew7

                starts off that way for me.

                • 100 Years of Tears

                  me too.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                Also, did folks try clearing their cache to see if that helps?

                • hansman1982

                  I would if I could but I am at work.

                • Brian

                  Latest IE, cleared cache, ect, run antivirus, reboot, still page shifted left.

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    Thanks, Brian. Can you – or anyone else – confirm that when you go to http://www.unholycows.com, it is also shifted over to the left?

                    And I assume no one is seeing this weird shifting on any other web site?

                    • Brian

                      I would say yes it is shifted, slight red border on the right side.

                    • Brian

                      Just took a look at e-bay and Rivals, all seems good on those sites.

              • ari gold

                It’s all on the left. Even right now everything is shifted to the left. Started yesterday.

              • CubFan Paul

                for me it goes immediately to the left using only 55% of my screen

                BUT the BN banner at the top of the screen goes all the way across and so does the blue at the bottom. everything in between is squished

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  That’s crazy. Can someone who is seeing things off please send me a screenshot (or several), so I can see what’s happening? I can’t recreate the problem, so I’m flying blind here.

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                    Also, is anyone who is having this problem NOT using Internet Explorer? If so, what are you using, and is it PC or Mac?

                    • 100 Years of Tears

                      Last night, when people were starting to report about the issue, I was using Firefox on my Mac. It worked just like normal. I won’t be home to check again until later today… sorry.

                    • hansman1982

                      IE is about the worst browser humanly possible

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      It is, but I don’t want to assume the problem is IE (even if the problem is related to IE, something else is obviously wrong). I do, though, want to isolate if it is ONLY happening on IE.

                    • DarthHater

                      I am getting the problem with IE, but when I use Chrome, everything is fine.

                    • Twinkletoez

                      IE is having the issue Chrome and Mozilla are fine. Doing some testing now..

                      Error is ‘ipb’ is undefined
                      forum /
                      code: 0
                      URI: http://www.bleatchernation.com

                      Line 597
                      char 219

                      If that helps at all

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      Thanks, anything like that is potentially helpful. I notice that “bleachernation” is misspelled there – is that showing up somewhere like that, or was that just a typo?

                  • CubFan Paul

                    i deleted my history and cache and its normal now but the msg board is still squshed to the left ..i do use explorer

                    • CubFan Paul

                      i spoke to soon, its all back to the left, after it tried to take me to another site/ad page. i had to close Explorer completely because it stopped responding

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      What site did it try to take you to?

                    • CubFan Paul

                      it wasnt the adonclick.net site, it was another but it wouldnt load and explorer kept bringing me back here asking if i wanted to close your page repeatedly over and over despite me clicking yes and no

                      i had to ALT CNL DEL explorer and close it from the task manager

                    • Twinkletoez

                      typo on my part sorry. I sent you screenshots

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Nothing yet, I’m sorry to say. I’m assuming you’re on Internet Explorer? I think it is just having trouble with a particular ad script that’s pushing everything over to the left. I’ve contacted the network to try and figure it out, but it might be one of those things that we all have to suffer through until that particular ad cycles out.

      • 100 Years of Tears

        Yeah, I’m on IE here at work. Oh well… as long I can get to the Message Board for Phil, Goat, et al, life will be fine.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

          well, that was an ordeal.

  • GDB

    Is it wrong to draw direct comparisons with what contract Liriano ends up with? Both starting lefties with a few question marks around their performance in mlb next season and beyond. Ryu seems a more exciting signing, but what bets would you place on who is the better pitcher going forward?

    I assume if Cubs get Ryu then any interest in Liriano drops off? Or should we just sign both?

  • abe

    If the cubs are willing to spend 25 mill on a 3/4 starter (an unproven starter). Why dont they go get a real mlb pitcher with that money?

    • hansman1982

      because the $25M gets you 6 years of a 3/4 starter whereas that would get you 2 seasons of a 2/3 starter or 1 season of a 1 starter.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Everything is shifted to the left for me as well and none of the pictures are showing up.

  • Jimmy james

    Did I read boras would be looking for a two year deal?

  • North Side Irish

    Korean team has been notified of winning bid…

    John Arguello ‏@CubsDen
    Winning bid on Ryu has been sent to Hanwha, his KBO team. No word yet on who won.

    • CubFan Paul

      what time is it in Korea?

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    SITE ISSUE:

    If anyone who is seeing the site align strangely to the left or is having the site try and send them to another site – could you please:

    (1) Send me as many screenshots as you think will help me see the problem (brett AT bleachernation DOT com)

    (2) When it happens, please look at each ad on the page, and let me know what ads you are seeing (i.e., what companies), and in which positions, generally (top of the page, middle, bottom)

    (3) What site is it trying to take you to? Don’t risk your computer, obviously, but if you can get a URL, that would be hugely helpful.

    (4) Is anyone experiencing the issue on a browser other than Internet Explorer for PC?

  • Korean goat

    a korean newspaper reporter said that the eagles team will announce the result of posting today afternoon(korean time). It is 1:10 AM now here.

    • http://worldseriesdreaming.com/ Rice Cube

      Yay!

    • cubchymyst

      Awesome, not to much suspense. My guess is the Dodgers end up getting it they way they have been throwing around money.

  • bbmoney

    Love the update from the other side of the somewhat larger pond off the US’ left coast.

  • Korea guy

    I want to know how much is the bid for sum of money to posting system.
    How much is it?

  • cubzforlife

    I like the idea of “buying” the right to sign the Asian players, years of control and after all it’s just money for the posting. When I think of all the millions for past flops this seems like a drop in the bucket. I’m guessing he will need a translator, companion like the last guy. Cubs pay for that too?

  • Kevin

    For what it’s worth, I use my iPhone and never experience any problems.

  • daveyrosello

    No site problems on a Mac with Safari………….

    As for Ryu, waste of time to consider him; if the Dodgers submitted a bid, they’ll get him, plain and simple. The new ownership is throwing around $$ like no other team in baseball.

  • TommyK

    If the Cubs win the bid, does the amount of the bid count against the international free agent signing limit?

    P.S. I am unable to view the website at all on my Windows phone. I just get a blank white screen.

    • Kyle

      No, posted players do not count against the IFA cap.

  • João Lucas
  • john

    just announced that the winning amount bid is 25million. did not anounce which team won.

    • DoubleDown

      Let’s not go crazy over another speculative tweet.

      • DarthHater

        I’m pretty sure @tampabaynacho won a Peabody for his reporting on an outbreak of e-coli at a Rays game last July.

  • DarthHater

    Uh-oh. Somebody in the universe just tweeted that the Cubs won the bidding on Ryu. It better be true or it will be further proof of the total incompetence of Theo. ;-)

  • DarthHater

    Okay, I can’t stop laughing at the winning bid amount of $25,737,737.33

    • DoubleDown

      Wow!

    • DarthHater

      I guess no team had the balls to bid $25,737,737.34

      • DoubleDown

        $25,737,737.34 nobody saw the 25,739,737.99 I bid?

    • NCMoss

      It’s all about that 33 ¢ huh?

  • doberman1861

    For what it is worth another korean person on twitter:

    https://twitter.com/osaki_makkura/

    “Chicago Cubs have won the exclusive negotiating right for Ryu-hyun-Jin with a record $25.7 million posting fee”

    “@npbtracker Yeah, I guess. 25 mil for a set-upper is a bit too steep. Ryu will be a good one if he loses a couple of pounds in my opinion. “

  • doberman1861

    Never mind I guess

    https://twitter.com/EyeOnBaseball/status/267068121033105408

    According to @JonHeymanCBS the Cubs DID NOT win the bid on Ryu

  • Cubbie Blues

    That name is a bit pervy, in an old guy with candy sort of way.

    • Cubbie Blues

      Thanks, Ace, now it looks like I’m the crazy one.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Sorry. But you know the best course of action …

        • Cubbie Blues

          Yes, I do, but that was a pretty weird name.

      • Hansman1982

        Well…if the shoe fits.

        • Cubbie Blues

          What if it’s a pump?

          • Hansman1982

            A pump is a shoe, isn’t it? Geez, for an engineer, you sure don’t understand your shoes.

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