Report: Padres close to deal with KBO reliever Woo Suk Go

The Padres are reportedly close to signing Korean relief pitcher Woo Suk Go.

Per NY Post’s Jon Heyman on X, the Padres are close to signing Woo Suk Go of the KBO.

The financial details of the possible deal are not yet known.

Just over a week after the Padres announced the signing of Japanese lefty reliever Yuki Matsui, they seem to be continuing their pursuit of top pitching talent out of Asia.

As Heyman stated, Go likely will get a chance to earn the role as the Padres’ closer. San Diego needs a new closer after the departure of five-time All-Star Josh Hader. Those are certainly big shoes to fill.

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Go throws from the right side with his fastball sitting in the mid-90s. He posted a pedestrian 3.68 ERA for the LG Twins last season. However, since 2019, he owns a  2.39 ERA with 139 saves.

Along with his fastball, he offers a cutter, slider, and curveball to mix it up, which is larger repertoire than the average MLB reliever.

Despite the uptick in ERA due to injuries in 2023, Go seems to induce a great amount of groundballs. He owned a 65.8% ground ball rate last season. That would’ve ranked among the highest in MLB last year.

This move would bolster the Padres bullpen decimated by free agent departures. They must replace over 260 innings between Nick Martinez, Josh Hader, Luis Garcia, and Tim Hill.

With Mastui and possibly now Go, those are steps in the right direction.

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