Pirates Reportedly Scouted a Korean Closer

By Jason Shetler

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Pirates were one of four teams that scouted Korean closer Seung-Hwan Oh. The Mariners, Orioles and Yankees are the other clubs.

Oh will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The 33-year old right-hander spent his first nine seasons pitching in the KBO and the past two with the JPCL. Oh has compiled 357 saves combined with the two leagues. This past season with the Hanshin Tigers, he posted a 2.73 ERA along with a 1.15 WHIP and 41 saves in 63 appearances.

The Pirates will have to address the bullpen in the offseason with Antonio Bastardo and Joakim Soria becoming free agents, as well as the possibility of Mark Melancon being moved because of the money he’ll be owed for arbitration. If the Pirates were to sign Oh, it would be interesting to see if he would be the closer right away.

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