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Posted 11/11/12 at 3:41 PM

Could Ryu Hyun-jin be the best Korean-born player in MLB history?

The Dodgers recently won the bidding to begin negotiating a contract with Korean southpaw Ryu Hyun-jin.

During his seven-year career in the Korea Baseball Organization, Ryu has won an Olympic gold medal, helped Korea reach the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic and became the first player named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.

But will those skills translate across the globe? How will Ryu stack up against some of his countrymen who've made the jump in the past?

Chan Ho Park racked up 124 wins over a 17-year career, Byung-Hyun Kim spent nine seasons with four teams (although he'd probably like to have this pitch back ... and this one) and Shin-Soo Choo has developed into one of the game's most well-rounded outfielders. Ryu's future is still uncertain, but all signs point toward a quality big league career. Can he become the best Korean-born Major Leaguer ever?

-- Matt Monagan / MLB.com

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