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‘Waiting to be released’ Ko Woo-seok remains in MIA minor leagues

Woo-seok Ko, 26, who was designated for assignment (DFA) by the Miami Marlins, will remain with the team.

“Woo-seok Ko has been designated for assignment to the Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp,” the Miami organization announced on Friday.

Previously, on May 31, Miami DFA’d Kouzuk to clear a spot on the 40-man roster when it acquired Shawn Anderson from the Texas Rangers in a cash deal.

During the waiting period, he could have moved on to another team if a team was interested in signing him. Realistically, however, a move was unlikely. Local media expected him to clear waivers, given his $4.5 million contract.

In the end, no team showed interest in him. He will remain with Miami’s Triple-A team, where he will try to break into the big leagues again.

Go’s journey to the United States was a bumpy one from the start. He applied for the post after discussions with LG in December of last year, but didn’t receive much interest from the 30 teams in Major League Baseball until the deadline came around a year later.

On Jan. 3, one day before the deadline, San Diego made an offer, and after receiving permission from LG, Go made a quick trip to the U.S. and signed 토토사이트 a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Padres on Jan. 4, the day before the deadline. It was a contract that reflected high expectations for a bullpen pitcher whose value could rise to a total of $9.3 million (approx. KRW 12.9 billion) over two years with options.

Despite his success in the U.S., his path to the big leagues was not easy. He flew to South Korea in March to take part in the opening two games of the season between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Seoul, but was not included in the 26-man opening roster. After returning to the U.S., Go began the 2024 season in Double-A minor league baseball.

After failing to rebound with a 2-2 record and a 4.38 ERA in 10 games at Double-A, Gausk was acquired from San Diego to Miami in a four-way trade on May 5 (Gausk, Dylan Head, Jacob Masi, Nathan Matorella↔Luis Araez).

While his performance at Triple-A Jacksonville was better than his Double-A stint, with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA in seven games, he still fell short of expectations. After suffering the indignity of being designated for assignment, he was unable to move on due to a high price tag. It will be interesting to see if he can overcome the adversity and make it to the big league mound in his first year in the United States.

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