We all have heard about the New York Yankees pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka, Japan’s newest prodigy arm that will be posted for millions of dollars early next month. Heck, I even talked about it earlier this month. Besides Tanaka, they could be paying a posting fee for another pitcher; Korean pitcher Oh-Seung Hwan.
The 31 year old right hander’s rights will be posted as well, and the Yankees could certainly use some help in the bullpen. David Robertson will more than likely be elevated to closer and Shawn Kelley could very easily be the one setting up for him. Mariano Rivera won’t be coming back due to retirement and Joba Chamberlain won’t be coming back due to free agency and not being all that good in 2013. This is where Oh could fit right in.
Oh pitched for South Korea in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and ’09. He’s a seven time all-star in the KBO and won their relief award five times during his career.
I think any time you can add a quality arm you go for it, especially when you won’t have to give up a draft pick for it. The posting fee shouldn’t matter, and if the Yankees want to spend possibly $70 million (ballpark) in posting fees they should. They haven’t been very aggressive in the foreign free agent market and this year may be just the year to break free of that.
Oh was 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 28 saves last season. He throws between 94 MPH and 96 MPH with a split finger. Check out some highlights of his here. (sorry guys couldn’t embed it’s been disabled)