Ko Woo-seok (San Diego Padres), who is about to debut in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), is expected to take the mound in more than 60 games.헤라카지노주소
The U.S. baseball statistics website “Fangraph” released Ko Woo-suk’s expected performance for the 2024 season on the 4th (Korea time). It is predicted that he will be responsible for about one inning per game with a WHIP rate of 1.31 per 0.224 innings with 3 wins, 3 losses, 11 holds, 3 saves, an ERA of 3.83 strikeouts and 72 hits in 62 innings.
The number of saves is rather small. FanGraph predicts that it is unlikely to finish in the end. However, Ko Woo-seok’s share of the team is not expected to be small. Given that he is a pitcher with no big league experience, it is by no means a bad performance.
On the same day, the San Diego club officially announced that it has signed a two-year contract with Ko Woo-suk. According to Major League Baseball’s official website MLB.com , the two sides signed a two-year contract worth a total of $4.5 million (about 5.9 billion won) including mutual options in 2026.
The details of the contract are a little complicated. The salaries for 2024 and 2025 are $1.75 million and $2.25 million, respectively, and if the mutual option is executed, Ko Woo-seok will receive $3 million in 2026. If the option is not executed, Ko Woo-seok will receive a $500,000 buyout amount. In addition, as the incentive amount for three years is included in the contract, Ko can receive an additional $2.4 million during this period. In other words, if Ko Woo-seok plays for San Diego until 2026 and meets the option, he will receive up to $9.4 million.
Ko Woo-suk, who took the necessary steps after leaving Korea on the 3rd, quickly finalized his contract, and that’s how he became a member of San Diego. LG General Manager Cha Myung-seok said, “Congratulations. Ko Woo-suk is one of the best closing pitchers in the KBO League. He is competitive enough in the Major League, and I think he will adapt well. I look forward to playing as a Major League player who represents our country with good performances. I root for Ko’s new challenge.”
“I want to say thank you to the LG Twins for opening this opportunity for me to have a great experience in the Major League,” Ko said. “I am also grateful to the San Diego club for allowing me to start a new challenge. I started again in a new place with a new heart. I will do my best to become a player who does not go against everyone’s expectations.”
Ko Woo-seok, who has shown rapid growth since joining LG as his first nomination in 2017, took the mound in 65 games in 2019 with 8 wins, 2 losses, 1 hold, 35 saves and an ERA of 1.52 in 71 innings, emerging as a new closure for LG. Having been sluggish with 4 losses, 1 hold, 17 saves, and an ERA of 4.10 in 41 ⅔ in 40 games in 2020, he has rebounded with a 1.48 ERA of 1 win, 5 losses, 30 saves, and an ERA of 1 win, 2 losses and 42 saves in 61 games and 60 ⅔ innings in 2022, respectively in 2021 and 2022.
There were trials and trials. Ko made his national debut in 2019 by allowing one hit and four strikeouts and two runs in three innings in three Premier 12 games, but he managed to overcome his disappointment by allowing six hits, three walks and three strikeouts in four ⅓ in four games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in 2021). The 2023 World Baseball Classic ended without playing a single game due to the aftermath of his injury in a practice game.
Ko Woo-seok, who started the regular season a little later after returning to his team, finished the season with a smile with the team’s unified victory, and also contributed to the national team’s gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games (held last year) in early October.
After receiving a request for identification from the Major League Baseball secretariat after the end of the Korean Series, Ko Woo-seok declared his challenge to the big league and waited for 30 teams to contact him since the posting began in December last year. U.S. media outlet “New York Post” John Hayman announced Ko’s imminent departure to San Diego at 12 p.m. on the 3rd, 19 hours before the posting deadline, and at 2 p.m. on the same day, the LG club reported Ko’s departure to the U.S.
San Diego is a team in the National League West and is well-known among Korean fans as Kim Ha-sung’s team. Choi Ji-man, who moved to the club in a trade last season, played in the club as well. Park Chan-ho also played for San Diego for two years from 2005. More than 10 years have passed since the relationship between Korean players and San Diego was established.
Despite Kim Ha-sung’s outstanding performance, San Diego did not have a good flow. San Diego, which advanced to the 2020 and 2022 National League Wild Card series, did not win a district or league title. It was still not enough to surpass the “Earth Rival” Los Angeles Dodgers. In the 2023 season, the team had a winning rate of over 50 percent with 82 wins and 80 losses (0.506), but failed to advance to the postseason due to falling behind in the wild card competition.
In addition, concerns have grown inside and outside the team as it was belatedly reported that the San Diego club took out $50 million (about 65.2 billion won) in September to pay the team’s annual salary. It has continued to shrink its size, including sending main outfielder Juan Soto away, and the possibility has been raised that other players, including Kim Ha-sung and Jake Cronenworth, could also be traded.
In particular, San Diego is certain that Josh Hader, a “high-end closer,” will leave the team as a free agent, and a number of major bullpen pitchers such as Tim Hill (Chicago White Sox) have also been transferred. Then, he reached out to Yuki Matsui and Ko Woo-suk, and started reinforcing the bullpen.
The outlook is not bad. The U.S. media outlet “CBS Sports” predicted that Ko will take the heavy responsibility, saying, “Ko will have the upper hand over teammates Robert Suarez and Matsui in the closing race of San Diego.”
“With the recruitment of Ko, San Diego’s bullpen is almost complete. Of course, San Diego is still considering recruiting additional players,” MLB.com said, stressing the utility of Ko.