Go Woo-seok (25‧LG), who revealed his dream of reaching the Major Leagues, has begun his quest in earnest, and there are many positive signs that he is off to a good start as local interest in the first step, posting, is growing.
“At the request of the LG Twins, we have requested the MLB office to post Go Woo-seok to all 30 MLB teams,” the KBO officially announced on April 28. Ko informed the organization of his desire to play in the major leagues after this year’s Korean Series. Go has yet to fulfill his full free agent (FA) status and will have to go through the posting system (closed competitive bidding) to reach the major leagues this year.레모나토토 주소
After much deliberation, LG made a “conditional” offer. They will make a decision after evaluating the overall amount of Ko Woo-seok’s posting. Neither LG nor Ko Woo-seok are willing to go ‘cheap’. It is a process of creating a standard that both the player and the club can be satisfied with, and then exceeding that standard to enter the major league stage with the final approval of the owner. The industry estimates that the threshold is around $3 million per year.
As the month-long posting process begins, reactions are mixed. “It’s true that major league scouts have been keeping an eye on him, but the general consensus is that he’ll try to make it to the U.S. after he becomes a free agent next year due to his poor performance this year,” said an industry insider familiar with the situation.
Go, who was actually voted the best closer in the league, hasn’t had a great year. In 44 games, he went 3-8 with 15 saves and a 3.68 ERA. The eight losses and two blown saves are uncharacteristic of him. However, it’s possible to retract the post after seeing the amount, so there’s nothing to lose as a player. Even if he doesn’t make it this year, there’s a good chance he’ll be eligible for free agency next year and try again. Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s likely to have some side effects, such as raising his profile.
Major League Trade Rumors (MLTR), which reports on the major league transfer market, also announced the start of Go Woo-seok’s posting process on Jan. 29 (KST), saying, “The right-hander is the second KBO player to post this winter, joining his brother-in-law Lee Jung-hoo. Lee started the posting process on the 24th and is currently attracting strong interest from major league clubs.
MLTR continued, “The 25-year-old throws a fastball that tops out at 98 mph (157.7 km/h) and averages in the mid-90s. He has regularly posted high strikeout rates in the KBO, but has struggled with his command, striking out 11.6 percent of the batters he faced last year,” the site said. In fact, Ko’s strikeout rate was 8.8% last year, but it rose to 11.6% this year, the highest rate since 2018 (11.9%).
Jordan Hicks is one of the best fireballers in the league and is attracting interest in free agency.
However, MLTR predicts that Ko Woo-seok will join a right-handed bullpen led by Jordan Hicks and Robert Stephenson. That’s not the biggest bullpen class in free agency, but it’s the next best thing. That’s not a harsh assessment considering he hasn’t pitched a single game in the major leagues.
Hicks, the “100-mph fireballer” known for throwing the fastest ball in the league, is two years older than Ko. After struggling with injuries for a while, he went 3-9 with 12 saves and a 3.29 ERA in 65 games between St. Louis and Toronto this year. After the trade to Toronto, he was 2-3 with a 2.63 ERA and four saves in 25 games. He will be eligible for free agency for the first time and is drawing interest on the market.
Stevenson is also a quality right-handed bullpen arm who went 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 60 games this year between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Stevenson can also throw a fastball that averages around 97 mph and relies on a cutter and slider. Despite the differences in experience and velocity, Hicks, Ko, and Stevenson are similar types of pitchers in their own right, so there is some competition and complementarity.
Jim Borden, a columnist for The Athletic in North America, gave a three-year, $30 million price tag for Hicks on Monday. In terms of velocity, overall performance, and major league adjustment, it’s clear that Hicks is a better value bullpen arm than Koo. However, it’s interesting to note that even if Koo can get half of that, he could still exceed the threshold for players and LGs.