With a day ahead of the posting deadline, Ko Woo-suk is very likely to share a room with Kim Ha-sung. Local media in the U.S. reported that joining the San Diego Padres is imminent.
John Hayman of the U.S. “New York Post” said on the 3rd (Korea time), “Korea’s right-hander Ko Woo-suk is close to joining the San Diego Padres.”
Ko was asked by the MLB Secretariat for a “surprise” status check last year. Throughout the 2023 season, Ko never expressed his intention to advance to the MLB, which surprised not only LG Twins officials but also everyone. However, the fact that an “identity check” came in made it clear that major league teams were interested in Ko.마카오토토
It did not appear that all registration days for posting were not met. Starting with the 2017 Premier 12, however, he will compete in international competitions including the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), and the Hangzhou Asian Games (AG), and will be eligible to challenge for the big league through posting. After the identification check came in, Ko met with LG General Manager Cha Myung-seok and announced his intention to advance to the big league.
LG seemed puzzled by Ko’s sudden intention to enter the Major League, but after discussions, it decided to allow Ko to challenge himself to the big league. Of course, it is subject to conditions. This is the story of when all LG teams including Ko Woo-suk secured a contract that everyone would understand. The team said it would not approve the challenge under absurd conditions.
Ko Woo-seok was posted on the 5th of last month, and he will be able to have time for negotiations with big league clubs. However, Ko Woo-seok has not received much attention from local media in the United States so far. In particular, the deadline for Ko’s posting is 7 a.m. on the 4th, and with less than a day left, there was no special news, so it seemed that his entry into the big league was failing. However, John Hayman of the “New York Post” reported that Ko Woo-seok’s joining San Diego was imminent.
San Diego, which is currently suffering from financial problems, is struggling to reduce its team’s payroll. Nevertheless, it couldn’t give up its desire to reinforce its power, and signed a five-year contract of up to 33.6 million U.S. dollars with Yuki Matsui, the youngest player in Japanese pro baseball history, last month to achieve 200 saves, and will be able to fill the void of Josh Hader, the “finisher” who went to the market through a free agent qualification. And it seems that it is seeking to reinforce the bullpen once again by recruiting Ko Woo-suk.
Even if a basic agreement is reached with San Diego, LG’s decision is needed. This is because Ko initially hinted at the possibility of not allowing him to advance to the big leagues if he is offered an absurd contract. However, if he meets this standard and joins San Diego, he will share the room with Kim Ha-sung. In addition, he will be able to take the mound wearing San Diego’s uniform at the Seoul Series, which will be held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from March 20-21.
So far, it is not known how much contract Ko Woo-suk has been offered by San Diego. However, considering that Ko’s posting closes at 7 a.m. on the 4th, the size of the contract is expected to be announced soon. It remains to be seen whether Ko will be able to take the Major League stage of his dreams while sharing a meal with Kim Ha-sung.