Goh Woo-seok nears deal with San Diego…Kim Ha-seong could face Lee Jeong-hoo later
Go Woo-seok (25) of the Elgee (LG) Twins, who challenged for a spot in the big leagues through a non-public competitive bidding process, is close to signing with the San Diego Padres.
The team, which initially gave him conditional permission, has decided to fully support his move to the major leagues after much deliberation.
On March 3, Elgee said, “Woo-seok Ko recently received an offer from a major league club in accordance with the posting process.
The Elgee Twins have decided to respect the player’s wishes and send him to the major league team that made the offer.”
That major league team is the San Diego Padres.
Go departed for the United States at 1 p.m. KST to sign a contract with the team, including a medical examination. The deadline to sign the contract is 7 a.m. KST on April 4.
Several teams expressed interest in Go Woo-seok, but San Diego was the only team to make a final bid.
After reviewing the offer from San Diego, Elgie general manager Cha Myung-seok reported to Elgie chairman Koo Kwang-mo, who authorized Go Woo-seok to travel to the United States.
Earlier, John Heyman of the New York Post posted on his social networking service, “A deal is imminent between Korean right-hander Ko Woo-seok and the San Diego Padres.
He’ll probably be a closer.”
Initially, Elgie was cautious about Ko’s move to the majors.
When Major League Baseball requested a background check last November, he made it clear that he was “not going to give him away for nothing.”
It was a conditional agreement that would only be honored if both the player and the club were satisfied with the price.
The San Diego offer was reportedly not enough to satisfy both Elgie and Woo-seok.
However, Go Woo-seok’s desire to play in the big leagues was so strong that the team decided to take a step back.
An Elgee representative said, “I can’t reveal the size of the contract right now. 카지노사이트777
The club decided to let him go if he negotiates well with his agent and gets a good contract.”
Ko Woo-seok, who helped the Elsie win the Korean Series last year, joined the Elsie in the first round in 2017.
In 2019, his third year, he started as a closer and posted a solid record of 8-8, 35 saves, one hold, and a 1.52 ERA in 65 games.
In the 2022 season, he won the save title with 42 saves and a 1.48 ERA with a fastball that topped 150 kilometers per hour.
Last year, he suffered an injury during the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and finished with a 3-8 record, 15 saves, and a 3.68 ERA in 44 games.
If he joins San Diego, he will join Kim Ha-seong, who became the first Asian infielder to win a Gold Glove last year.
The two Koreans can also be seen in the opening game of Major League Baseball’s Seoul Series between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 20-21 at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
He could face off against his brother-in-law, Lee Jung-hoo.
The National League West rival San Francisco Giants signed Lee to a six-year, $113 million (about 14.77 billion won) mega-contract last December.