Korean closer reportedly flies to Detroit … on his way to St. Louis

The Tigers offseason has hit a quiet point with free-agent outfielders still stuck and arbitration coming up next week. That leaves an open space for even incremental news and rumors to create some buzz, which is what happened Saturday night when a report out of the Far East had Korean-born reliever Seung-Hwan Oh flying to Detroit.

That raised speculation that the Tigers, who are still looking for relief help, could be making their first notable Far East free-agent signing since Taiwan-born lefty Fu-Te Ni in 2009. However, a source with knowledge of the Tigers’ plans said soon afterward that the team isn’t involved on Oh.

By Sunday afternoon, Oh’s likely destination was emerging. Another report out of South Korea suggested he’s likely headed to St. Louis, where he reportedly could undergo a physical and other medicals and become a Cardinal as soon as Monday.

The 33-year-old right-hander became a dominant closer in the Korean Baseball Organization, then took his game to Japan, closing for the Hanshin Tigers. His contract with Hanshin expired, so he’s a free agent, rather than being subject to Japan’s posting system.

So if Oh was flying to Detroit, he was simply connecting. On the bright side, even international free agents apparently like flying through Metro Airport.


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As I recall my landings at Metro, I believe the taxi-ways pass through St. Louis, don’t they?

Obviously what I said isn’t true. Actually it’s the taxi-ways AND concourses that pass through St. Louis.

Heyman . “tigers, 1 of MLB’s most improved, would be interesting adding lhh Davis to miggy, martinezes middle. $ a real question tho.”

I think adding Raburn is a pretty good idea. He crushes lefties, so he can spell Gose and PH.

Is there a second to that motion?

Rosenthal:Sources: #Tigers among teams talking to #Rockies, who have surplus of LH hitting outfielders. Precise target for DET unclear; no deal close.

Not Blackmon. His away splits are bad
CarGo is Guillén II, a little fragile

CarGo vs LHP:
.195 .222 .308 .530

It is official. Rondón is not part of the semifinal roster. Avila said the reason is chicunguya. ( a very painful mosquito borne disease)

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