A dramatic reversal took place with less than 24 hours left until the posting deadline. Ko Woo-seok, who received permission from LG, is imminent to enter the Major League.마카오카지노주소
The LG Twins officially announced on the 3rd, “Ko Woo-suk recently received an offer from the Major League club according to the posting process, and the LG Twins decided to send the offer to the Major League team that sent him respecting the player’s intention. In response, Ko left for the U.S. on the 3rd to proceed with his contract, including a medical test.”
John Hayman, columnist for the New York Post, said on his SNS, “Korea’s right-handed pitcher Ko Woo-suk’s contract with the San Diego Padres is imminent. San Diego is expected to use Ko as the closing pitcher.”
Ko Woo-seok, who was first selected by LG in the 2017 Rookie Draft, completed seven seasons to advance overseas through the posting system at the end of the 2023 season and delivered his long-cherished dream of challenging the Major League to the LG club.
Upon confirming Ko’s intention to go overseas, the LG Twins suddenly accepted Ko’s challenge to the Major League on Nov. 21 last year. “I asked Ko to give it a try. We need to see how much interest the Major League has,” LG’s general manager Cha Myung-seok said. “In the past, Kim Jae-hwan (Doosan) tried it, but gave up because the conditions he didn’t want didn’t come out.” “I asked him to give it a try and talk to the club when he was satisfied with the amount.
Ko Woo-seok was in a position to freely negotiate with 30 major league clubs from 8 a.m. on the 5th of last month (U.S. Eastern Time), and was about to close at 5 p.m. on January 3rd and 7 a.m. on the 4th Korean time.
Initially, St. Louis Cardinals, a member of the National League Central, was the only club that was connected to Ko Woo-suk. Local reports said day after day that St. Louis is turning its attention to the international free player market, including Yuki Matsui and Ko Woo-suk, to reinforce its bullpen.
However, Ko’s most likely destination was San Diego in the National League West, where Kim Ha-sung belongs, not St. Louis. San Diego reportedly hired Japanese bullpen pitcher Yuki Matsui for a total of 28 million dollars on April 24 for a five-year deal and even offered Ko. With less than 24 hours left before the posting deadline, the team came a dramatic turnaround.
Ko Woo-suk’s original team, LG Club, received San Diego’s offer and immediately reported it to the top. As the deadline for posting was just around the corner, the plan was to settle the position by this evening at the latest, but the decision was made faster than expected.
If Ko Woo-suk heads to San Diego, he will share the same room with Kim Ha-sung, who won the Gold Glove last year for the first time as a Korean. He can also make his debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Seoul Series at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 20 and 21. Attention is also focusing on the same face-off with Lee Jung-hoo, the “brother-in-law” who signed a contract with the San Francisco Giants for six years and $113 million last month.
The National League West is expected to become a solo stage for Asian players in the 2024 season, including Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Yu Darvish, and Matsui.
Ko Woo-suk has been LG’s built-in closer since 2019. He has a career-high 354 games in seven seasons with 19 wins, 26 losses, 139 saves, and six holds ERA of 3.18, becoming the league’s best closer with a 1.48 ERA and 42 saves in 2022.
Last year, he had only 3 wins, 8 losses, 15 saves, and a 3.68 ERA in 44 games due to minor injuries, including neck and shoulder injuries at the WBC (World Baseball Classic) in March. Although he was sluggish in four games with one win, one loss, and one save with an 8.31 ERA, he won his first career championship ring by contributing to the team’s unified victory in 29 years since 1994.