The US local media predicted the farewell of Kim Kwang-hyun and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The American sports media The Athletic reported today (14th), “Kim Kwang-hyun’s two-year contract with St. Louis has ended. Kim Kwang-hyun must have felt uncomfortable moving to the bullpen after mid-August this year.” The club is hesitant to sign a contract with Kim Kwang-hyun, who has left several times due to injury, and may have conflicting interests with Kim Kwang-hyun, who prefers a starting pitcher.”
The media said, “In 2022, St. Louis will start with Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, and Miles Mycolors as the 1-4 starters, and the remaining positions will be given to young pitchers such as Alex Reyes and Jake Woodford, or recruited from outside. It is highly likely to happen.”
The day before, MLB.com also predicted that “Kim Kwang-hyun will not return to St. Louis.”
Kim Kwang-hyun posted a 3.46 ERA in 7 wins, 7 losses and 1 save in the regular league this year.
Kim Kwang-hyun, who started the season as the third starter in St. Louis, changed his position at the end of the season.
He was on the wildcard playoff roster, but didn’t play in the match.
This year, Kim Kwang-hyun was placed on the IL list three times, twice for back pain and once for elbow pain.
When playing as a starter, he threw well, but went down the mound without meeting the victory requirements, and in the last five games of the season, he also produced strange scenes, such as appearing with a bullpen.
However, Kim Kwang-hyun finished the season safely.
Before the start of the 2020 season, Kim Kwang-hyun signed a two-year guarantee of $8 million and up to $11 million with St.
In two years with the St. Louis jersey, he left a 2.97 ERA with 10 wins, 7 losses and 2 saves.
Kwang-hyun Kim, whose contract with St. Louis has expired, will be able to negotiate with any club in the United States as a free agent after the MLB postseason is over.
In Korean professional baseball, SSG Landers holds the right to hold Kim Kwang-hyun.
After the 2016 season, Kim Kwang-hyun signed a four-year, 8.5 billion won free agent contract with SSG’s predecessor, SK Wyverns.
Kim Kwang-hyun entered the American Major Leagues in 2020 with one year remaining on his contract with SK.
The American MLB is in the midst of the postseason, and the KBO League is still playing the regular season.
Now is not the time to set up the negotiating table.
Kim Kwang-hyun’s side is also spared from talking about the issue of whereabouts.
Kim Kwang-hyun has proven his ‘competitiveness’ in the big leagues.
The decision may vary depending on the terms of the contract, but Kim Kwang-hyun can choose whether to stay in the big leagues or return to Korea.
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