Oh did Jays bullpen become more crowded by signing Seung-hwan Oh

 The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly comes to terms with South Korean reliever Seung-hwan Oh. Photo Credit: Billy Hurst/USA Today Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly comes to terms with South Korean reliever Seung-hwan Oh. Photo Credit: Billy Hurst/USA Today Sports

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

After his $2.75M deal with the Texas Rangers collapsed following a failed physical earlier this month, free-agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh has come to terms on a one-year, $1.75M pact with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The deal includes a club option for 2019 ($2.5M) that can automatically vest based upon appearances.

Oh, 35, has posted an ERA of 2.85 with 157 strikeouts against only 33 walks with the St. Louis Cardinals since coming over from Japan as an international free agent in 2016. Over that two-year stretch, the product of Jeongeup, South Korea has converted 39 saves in 47 attempts while limiting his opposition to a .233 batting average across 139 innings.

Nicknamed "The Final Boss" by his peers back home, the 5-foot-10 righty posted impressive totals over parts of 11 seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) and in the Japan Central League. Those numbers include a career WHIP of 0.854, a K/9 of 10.7 and 357 saves in 571 assignments.

With a fastball that can touch 96 mph, the former KBO Rookie of the Year also utilizes three off-speed pitches including a slider, changeup the occasional curveball.

As revealed by Oh's Agent Don-Wook Kim on Monday, the hold up in Oh's original deal with the Rangers centered around the fact that the team had discovered some inflammation in his right elbow during his physical.

Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith indicated that Oh had passed a physical with the Blue Jays on Monday. The right-hander will now join a bullpen mix that includes Roberto Osuna, Danny Barnes, Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup. If the Blue Jays opt to roll out an eight-man group again in 2018, that would leave three spots up for grabs with John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.), Carlos Ramirez, Craig Breslow, Tim Mayza, Matt Dermody and Al Alburquerque all competing for an Opening Day assignment this spring.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Oh, the Blue Jays designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.