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Cardinals may be closing in on deal for Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh

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St. Louis has whiffed on multiple big-name free agents this winter — see: Jason Heyward, David Price — but it appears the defending National League Central champions are leading the pursuit for popular South Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh.

According to Daniel Kim of KBSn, the Cardinals have shown serious interest in Oh “from the get go” and “all signs point to” them finalizing a deal with the 33-year-old right-hander at some point in the near future.

Oh boasts a 1.81 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 10.7 K/9 in 646 1/3 career innings between the Korea Baseball Organization and Japan’s Central League. He earned 41 saves last year for the Hanshin Tigers and has earned the nickname “Final Boss” for his prowess closing games around Asia.

Kim says Oh got on a plane Saturday bound for the United States.

He would work in a setup role for closer Trevor Rosenthal in St. Louis.

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UPDATE, 11:48 A.M. ET: Oh is scheduled to undergo a physical for the Cardinals on Monday, per Kim. If it goes smoothly, the agreement will be officially announced.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.