Go Woo-seok joins San Diego Club, “Welcome” in Korean

2+1 year contract worth up to $7 million

The San Diego Padres welcomed Go Woo-seok (26), a ‘new member’.

San Diego announced on the 4th (Korean time), “We have signed a two-year contract with right-handed pitcher Ko Woo-seok that includes a mutual option for 2026.”

According to local media, Go Woo-seok’s contract is for two years and a total of $4.5 million (about 5.9 billion won). If the option is exercised in 2026, it will be worth up to 3 years and $7 million (about 9.17 billion won).

The club said of Go Woo-seok, “He appeared in relief in 44 games for the LG Twins, the KBO League champions in the 2023 season, with 12.1 strikeouts per 9 innings and an average ERA of 3.68. “He recorded a hitting percentage of 0.179 against left-handed batters and 0.286 against right-handed batters,” he said, adding, “He caught the final count in Game 5 of the Korean Series.”

He then added, “He was named to the Korean national team list for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC) along with Ha-seong Kim, but did not play in the game.” At that time, Go Woo-seok felt shoulder pain during a practice game ahead of the WBC and was unable to stand on the mound.

The club said, “Go Woo-seok played for LG for 7 seasons (2017-2023) and recorded a total of 354 games in the KBO League, 19 wins, 26 losses, 130 saves, and an ERA of 3.18. He ranked first in saves (42) in 2022. He also said, “He made 139 saves from 2019 to 2023, ranking first in the league during this period.”

A welcome message from Go Woo-seok was also sent through the club’s official social networking service (SNS). He wrote in Korean, “Welcome to San Diego, Go Woo-seok!” and attached a composite image of Go Woo-seok wearing a San Diego uniform. In addition, Go Woo-seok’s performance in the KBO League was shown through a video lasting about 40 seconds. 19가이드03

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