The Pittsburgh Pirates have scouted Seung-Hwan Oh, a right-handed closer out of Korea, according to a report linked by MLBTR (via Bucs Dugout). Oh is preparing to make the jump to the United States, and the Pirates were one of the teams listed as having seen him over the last two years, with the Yankees, Orioles, and Mariners also listed.
This situation is unlike the situation last year with Jung-ho Kang. Oh isn't subject to the posting system, which means he could sign with any team that he wants to sign with. You'd have to wonder if Kang's presence on the Pirates might be a big selling point to get Oh. The Pirates don't have a closer role for him, and currently they don't have an eighth inning role either. That said, playing with the most notable ex-KBO player in the US right now migh...
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