9 Former Dodgers Without Jobs as Spring Training Begins

Find out which former Dodgers players are still unemployed as Spring Training approaches. Who will sign them?

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a home run against the Arizona
Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a home run against the Arizona / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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9. Hyun Jin Ryu

Hyun Jin Ryu will be 37 years old next season, but his recent play keeps him out of being lumped in with the trio I just discussed.

Injuries have limited him to 17 games over the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, but his 3.46 ERA in 11 2023 stars showcased that he's absolutely still got it when he's healthy. That didn't come close to the 1.97 peak he had in 2018 for the Dodgers, but it's still a number any team would happily take.

You've gotta worry a bit about what age and injuries are doing to his velocity (88.8 MPH average on his fast ball last year, while he was at 90.9 in his final year with the Dodgers), and that has accordingly cut his swinging-strike rate (9.5% last year, compared to 11.4% in 2019). But even with a dip in velocity and reduced strikeout stuff, Ryu is a more-than-capable MLB starter.

Whether he signs soon or waits to find a contender with an opening closer to playoff time, Ryu will be a solid mid-rotation option somewhere this season.

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