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Murray | Blue Jays sign Seung-hwan Oh

Robert Murray



Sep 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh (26) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up another pitcher, with a source telling FanRag Sports that the team has an agreement with relief pitcher Seung-hwan Oh with the team physical being the final hurdle that needs to be cleared.

The team later announced it designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment to make room for Oh.

Oh spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, and in 2017 he made 62 relief appearances and finished the year with a 1-6 record, 4.10 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 59.1 innings of work. Oh converted 20 of a possible 24 save opportunities in 2017, one more save than the number he reached during his first season with the Cardinals.

A hamstring injury sidelined Oh for two weeks last September, but he was not placed on the disabled list.

The 35-year old Oh, who pitched in both the Korean and Japanese leagues before signing with St. Louis as a free agent in January 2016, made his MLB debut that season. Oh made 76 appearances out of the bullpen in 2016, going 6-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.916 WHIP in 79.2 innings pitched. During that season, Oh tallied 104 strikeouts and just 18 walks, with opposing batters hitting just .190 against him.

In early February, Oh and the Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with a team option for 2019, but that partnership was derailed due to a physical issue.

Oh made his professional debut with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2005, and he spent nine seasons with the team before joining the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Central League ahead of the 2014 campaign. Oh’s made a total of 709 appearances in his professional career and has a record of 39 wins and 20 losses with a 1.99 ERA.

Robert Murray is a baseball writer and reporter for FanRag Sports. He has written previously for MLB Injury News, Sports Injury Alert and Baseball Essential.