Making official what was reported Sunday, the Cardinals have signed Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh to a one-year contract with a team option for 2017.
Oh has a spectacular, decade-plus track record of dominance–for eight years in Korea and the last two years in Japan–saving 357 games with a 1.81 ERA and 772 strikeouts in 646 innings through age 32. That includes a 2.73 ERA and 66/16 K/BB ratio in 69 innings last season, during which Oh saved 41 games in the Japanese League.
St. Louis is set at closer with Trevor Rosenthal, but in announcing the signing general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Oh will be given an opportunity to claim a prominent late-inning bullpen role. Oh is a legend in Korea–his nicknames are “The Final Boss” and Stone Buddha”–and this signing has a chance to be an underrated pickup for the Cardinals.
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.
The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.
German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.
The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.