St. Louis recruited FA special pitcher Sonny Gray for three years and $75 million on the 28th. Gray, a proven starting resource with a 98-85 record and a 3.47 ERA in 279 games 270 starts and 1571 innings in 11 seasons, is in his mid-30s and is old, but he played for the Minnesota Twins this year with an 8-8 record and a 2.78 ERA in 32 games 184 innings. 토토사이트 With a three-year contract, he won an average of $25 million a year.
St. Louis, which previously hired veteran pitcher Lance Lynn (36) for a one-plus-year guarantee of $11 million and Kyle Gibson for a one-plus-year guarantee of $12 million, brought in three veteran starters in a week, catching resources Gray from the first to second starters.
St. Louis fell to fifth place in the National League Central with 71 wins and 91 losses .438 win rate this year. In 33 years since 1990, he was the last in the world and suffered a great blow to the pride of the prestigious club. There were many reasons for the team’s collapse, but the collapse of the pitching staff was painful. The team’s ERA fell from 10th 3.79 last year to 24th (4.79) this year.
St. Louis, which traded Jordan Montgomery and Jack Flaherty during the season and retired Adam Wainwright, focused all of its focus on strengthening the starter even before the offseason. Three veteran starters in their mid-30s, including Gray, Gibson and Lynn, were brought in to have a five-man starting lineup along with the existing Miles Mikolas and Steven Mats.
According to MLB , St. Louis President John Mozeliak said at a press conference after recruiting Gray, The rotation of starters has definitely been strengthened. Today is a good day for us and we are satisfied with the reinforcement over the past 10 days, he said. We still have two months left in the offseason. We will not close any doors, he said, leaving open the possibility of additional power reinforcement.
In this situation, it is interesting that St. Louis is connecting with Ko Woo-suk, a Korean pitcher who posted. St. Louis local media Belville News-Democrat said on the same day, It is unclear whether the Cardinals are fully equipped with the starters. Mats said, After moving to the bullpen, his ball speed increased and he showed consistent appearance. He did not rule out the possibility that if Mats, who showed stability after switching to the bullpen, goes to relief next year, additional starters will be needed and Japan’s top pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto will be recruited.
Before the Major League Winter Meeting in Nashville next week, the Cardinals are expected to target Japanese left-hander Yuki Matsui and Korean right-hander Ko Woo-seok as FA relief options, he said, mentioning a candidate for recruiting a bullpen. Ko Woo-suk, who has just started posting and is not yet interested in the local area, is noteworthy that the local media mentioned his name first.
St. Louis’ bullpen was also weak this year. He ranked 24th in ERA 4.47. Ryan Hellsley has an All-Star finish, but the middle was weak. Except for Jordan Hicks 3.67 and Drew Verhagen 3.98, none pitched more than 40 innings and recorded a three-run ERA. Even so, Hicks moved to the Toronto Blue Jays ahead of the trade deadline, and Berhagen was released as a free agent after the season.
In a situation where intermediate reinforcement is needed, Ko Woo-suk can be an attractive card for St. Louis. St. Louis also successfully recruited Korean pitcher Oh Seung-hwan from 2016 to 2017 and used him as a setup man and a closer. Since then, another Korean pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun has also played for St. Louis for two years from 2020 to 2021.
When Ko Woo-suk’s posting begins, St. Louis’ interest is likely to be clear to some extent. KBO asked the Major League Secretariat to post Ko Woo-suk to 30 major league clubs at the request of LG on the 28th. It has been 13 days since the Major League Baseball Secretariat requested KBO to check the status of Ko Woo-suk and Lee Jung-hoo Kium Heroes on the 15th.
Clubs can negotiate with Ko Woo-suk from 8 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time to 5 p.m. on the 30th day after the Major League Baseball secretariat announced the posting. When signing a contract, the transfer fee must be paid to LG in accordance with the Korea-U.S. player contract agreement. If the contract is not made by the expiration date of the negotiations, the posting will be terminated, and Ko Woo-seok cannot be posted until November 1 next year.