Jon Heyman reported yesterday the San Diego Padres were close to signing Korean reliever Woo Suk Go and Joel Sherman is saying it is a two-year deal.
Source: Padres and Korean reliever Woo Suk Go are in agreement on a 2-yr, $4.5M contract.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 3, 2024
This could end up being one heck of a steal for the Padres, as some relievers like Emilio Pagan and Joe Kelly are going for $8 million a year.
Despite having Robert Suarez and Yuki Matsui, Heyman said Go is likely to be the team’s closer (not sure if I believe that).
Korean righthander Woo Suk Go close to signing with Padres. Likely to be their closer.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 3, 2024
Go, 25, pitched for the LG Twins in South Korea for the past seven seasons, posting a sub 3 ERA in three of the seven years. He has combined for 87 saves in the last three years. His posting window was scheduled to end today at 2 p.m. so the Padres are getting this done almost at the deadline.
Like Matsui when he signed, I’m not going to go too much into Go because I’ve never heard of him before this offseason but here are highlights: