On November 28, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) announced that it had “requested the MLB Secretariat to post Go Woo-seok at the request of LG Baseball.”
It’s still unclear where Go Woo-seok will end up. However, there is one team that has been linked to him. The St. Louis Cardinals.
The American media outlet Major League Trade Rumors (MLTR) has mentioned Koo as a part of the Cardinals’ future. The first time he appeared in the media was when he was linked to St. Louis.
The outlet reports, “The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) requested the posting of LG Twins closer Go Woo-seok last night. The right-hander is the second KBO player to begin the posting process this winter, following Kiwoom Heroes outfielder Lee Jung-hoo, who is coincidentally Go Woo-seok’s brother-in-law. Lee is expected to be officially posted within December, while Go Woo-seok’s timeline is unclear at this time.”레모나토토 도메인
“Each team has 30 days to negotiate a contract with the right-hander. Go, 25, has a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and touches 98 mph and has posted one of the highest strikeout rates in the KBO, but he struggled with his command last year, walking 11.6 percent of opposing batters. He will join a ranks of free agent right-handed relievers led by Jordan Hicks and Robert Stephenson.”
[Cleveland=AP/News] St. Louis Cardinals’ Kwang-Hyun Kim pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., Monday, Aug. 28, 2021.
The St. Louis Cardinals accomplished their primary goal of the offseason to add three starting pitchers to their rotation by signing veteran right-hander Sonny Gray to a three-year contract on Nov. 28. Gray joins offseason acquisitions Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson and established veterans Miles Mikolas and Steven Matz in St. Louis’ rotation.
“The three signings are expected to push St. Louis’ projected 2024 payroll to just over $193 million, a payroll figure that is the highest in franchise history,” the media outlet said.
“The club reportedly plans to pursue at least two bullpen arms this offseason,” he continued. That means Woo-Seok Ko is one of them.
(Miami AFP/Getty) St. Louis Cardinals’ Seung-Hwan Oh pitches during the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, U.S., September 9, 2018. Oh recorded his eighth save of the season and St. Louis defeated Miami 6-5.
The Belleville News-Democrat, a daily newspaper based in the U.S. states of Illinois and Missouri, reported on Aug. 28 that, “The St. Louis Cardinals are considering signing right-hander Woo-seok Ko and Japanese left-hander Yuki Matsui in free agency,” and that, “Now looking to bolster their bullpen, St. Louis will investigate whether they can be useful in the bullpen.”
The Cardinals are a classic family club. In the past, Oh Seung-hwan played in Japan and Kim Kwang-hyun also played in St. Louis. Cho Won-bin is also trying to make it in the St. Louis minor leagues.
In the past, Oh Seung-hwan and Kim Kwang-hyun have shown decent performances, and Cho Won-bin has not been bad in the minor leagues, so it is expected that Go Woo-seok will also be able to post.
However, the problem is the amount of money. If the amount is not satisfactory, LG may not allow them to post.
MLB’s 30 clubs are free to negotiate with Go Woo-seok from 8 a.m. ET on the day after the MLB office announces the posting until 5 p.m. ET on the 30th day. If a contract is not reached by the expiration date, the posting will be terminated and Ko will remain with LG.
If Go Woo-seok signs with an MLB team, the team will have to pay LG a transfer fee under the Korea-U.S. Player Contract Agreement. If the contract is for $25 million or less, the MLB team will pay 20 percent of the contract, and if the contract is for $50 million or less, the MLB team will pay 17.5 percent of the amount above $5 million and $25 million to the original team.