Korean pitcher Oh signs with Cardinals


South Korean pitcher Oh Seung-hwan has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year contract, the Major League Baseball club announced on Monday.

The 33-year-old right-hander joins the Cardinals after two years with the Hanshin Tigers professional team.

Terms of Oh’s deal have not been revealed, although the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the contract, which has a club option for 2017, was potentially worth $5 million.

“The addition of Seung Hwan to our bullpen is significant for a number of reasons,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “First and foremost, Oh has been a proven performer on some of the biggest international stages and his talent and experience should significantly enhance our bullpen. We are also excited to have expanded our reach into the Asian markets with the addition of one of the premier relievers in Asian baseball history.”

Oh will complement a Cardinals bullpen that already consists of closer Trevor Rosenthal, Jonathan Broxton, Jordan Walden, Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist.

Oh has 357 career saves during his time playing in South Korea and Japan.