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The Cardinals are close to signing Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh.
Oh, 33, has been one of the most dominant relievers in Korea for more than a decade, posting a 1.81 ERA and saving 357 games with the Korean Samsung Lions (2005-13) and Japanese Hanshin Tigers (2014-15). He drew interest from the Yankees a couple of years ago, but decided then to pitch in Japan, and it appears that St. Louis will be his first North American stop.
Justin Upton could be an option for the Red Sox.
Here is the MLB Week-In-Review.
Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo posted his latest notes column, which included that Upton news. He also said that Yovani Gallardo may be the next starting pitcher to come off the board.
Gallardo seems to be the next significant starter to go in free agency. Gallardo has a few teams interested, each of which are hoping to score a bargain. And it appears the teams are looking for a two- or three-year deal. Scott Kazmir’s recent three-year, $48 million deal with the Dodgers could be an indication of what Gallardo could land. Look for the Orioles, Blue Jays, Pirates, Royals, and Cubs to be in on Gallardo.
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