HYUN-JIN RYU, 27, starting pitcher.
Final 2014 stats: 14-7, 3.38 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings, .257 opponent batting average.
Contract status: Remains under contract for four more years; at $4.83 million next season.
The good: Enjoyed another noteworthy season with the
The bad: He was twice sidelined by a sore shoulder, and once by our favorite injury of the season -- a strained buttock. He made 26 regular-season starts. His ERA crept up slightly from his rookie season in 2013 (3.00). Gave up the most hits per nine innings (9.0) of any rotation regular. Oddly, left-handed batters hit better against him (.283) than right-handed hitters (.249).
What's next: More of the same, the Dodgers hope, just more of it. Set as a regular member of the rotation.
The take: Signing the unknown that was
But the pudgy left-hander has turned into a great bargain. Along with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, he gives the Dodgers possibly the best first-three starters in baseball.