LG Twins closer Ko Woo-seok (25) will begin his quest to enter the Major League Baseball (MLB) in earnest.
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said on Aug. 28, “At the request of the LG team, we have requested the MLB Secretariat to post Ko Woo-seok.”
Accordingly, the 30 MLB clubs will be free to negotiate with Go Woo-seok from 8 a.m. ET on the day after the MLB office notifies them of the posting until 5 p.m. ET on the 30th day.
If Ko signs with an MLB team, the team will be required to pay LG a transfer fee in accordance with the Korea-U.S. Player Contract Agreement.
If no agreement is reached by the expiration date, the posting will be terminated and Go will remain with LG.
Go’s chances of making it to the U.S. are slim.
He was one of the best closers in South Korea until last year, but this season he has posted a rather mediocre 3-8 record with 15 saves and a 3.68 ERA.
His recent international performances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games have not been enough to catch the attention of MLB scouts.
Gow has long expressed his desire to play in the MLB, which is why few expected it to happen this winter.
However, several MLB teams have reportedly shown interest in him.
The Belleville News-Democrat, a daily newspaper based in the U.S. states of Illinois and Missouri, reported on Nov. 28 that the St. Louis Cardinals are considering signing Ko Woo-seok.
The question is “ransom”. The decision to bring Ko Woo-seok to the United States is expected to be determined by the amount of investment from MLB teams.
LG CEO Cha Myung-seok said in a recent media interview that the company would not sell Go Woo-seok cheaply.
Posting systems can only be transferred with the permission of the original club.
In addition, MLB teams must pay a certain amount of money to the original team based on the amount of the player’s contract.
If the contract is $25 million or less, MLB teams pay 20 percent of the contract, and if it is $50 million or less, they pay 17.5 percent of the difference between $5 million and $25 million. 슬롯