Dodgers: Teams that could lure Hyun-Jin Ryu away from Los Angeles

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Texas Rangers

The Rangers hired former Dodgers’ third-base coach Chris Woodward last off-season and now he could push the Rangers to pursue Hyun-Jin Ryu.  The Rangers made strides in 2019 as they won 11 more games than they did in 2018 and even hung in the AL wild-card race for a few months.

The Rangers will be opening a new stadium next season and they could look to add a premier starting pitcher like Ryu to ensure their team competes for a playoff spot in 2020.  Texas currently has Mike Minor and Lance Lynn at the top of their rotation so the addition of Ryu would give them a solid rotation.  Like the Twins, Ryu is a better fit for the budget of the Rangers.

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