Sources: Ryu to accept qualifying offer

November 12th, 2018

will accept the Dodgers' qualifying offer -- a one-year, $17.9 million contract for 2019 -- and remain with Los Angeles, sources told MLB Network insider Jon Heyman on Monday.

Ryu's decision is not official yet. The deadline to accept or decline the offer is 5 p.m. ET today.

The 31-year-old left-hander had a 1.97 ERA in 15 starts for the Dodgers this season, with 89 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings. Ryu had an up-and-down postseason, with solid outings against the Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series and the Brewers in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series, but rockier starts against Milwaukee in Game 6 of the NLCS and the Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series.

Ryu has battled injury issues over the course of his career -- the latest a severe left groin strain that kept him out for several months in 2018 -- but when healthy, he's proven to be an effective starter. If he accepts the qualifying offer (derived from the mean salary of MLB's 125 highest-paid players) and puts together a strong 2019 season, he can hit the open market a year later potentially in line for a bigger deal.

If Ryu were to decline the qualifying offer and sign with another team as a free agent, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory Draft pick in 2019. The pick would come after Competitive Balance Round B, because the Dodgers don't receive revenue sharing but also didn't exceed the luxury-tax salary threshold last season. Along with the Dodgers, 11 other clubs fall into this category: the Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Mets, Phillies, Rangers, White Sox and Yankees.

Ryu was one of seven players to receive qualifying offers this year, along with teammate , the Astros' , the D-backs' and A.J. Pollock, the Nationals' and the Red Sox's .

In the six previous offseasons in which this system has been in place, only five (Brett Anderson, , , and Matt Wieters) of 73 players have accepted the qualifying offer.