Will right-handed starting pitcher Eric Peddie , who played for the NC Dinos in the KBO League, return to the big 먹튀검증 league after a year?
Peddie’s agent, Scott Boras, was interviewed on the 9th (Korean time) while visiting a major league general managers’ meeting held at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
At this event, in response to a question about one of his clients, Peddie, he referred to him as “the hottest free agent right now.”
“Every team I meet, I talk about him,” he said. “He is a pitcher who won Korea’s Cy Young Award,” he said, signaling that Peddie’s value is rising.
Peddie, who signed a contract with NC for an entry fee of $200,000 and an annual salary of $800,000, was the most outstanding starting pitcher in the KBO League in the 2023 season.
He pitched 180 1/3 innings in 30 games, recording 20 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 2.00, and won the Choi Dong-won Award.
He wasn’t a bad pitcher in the major leagues either. He pitched 102 games over six seasons with the Washington Nationals, going 21-33 with a 5.41 earned run average.
In the 2021 and 2022 seasons, he played more than 127 innings and served as a full-time starter.
Although it is difficult to call him a ‘top starter’, it is clear that he has a more brilliant career than Merrill Kelly and Chris Flexen, who previously signed with a major league team based on the KBO League.
And he showed an even more upgraded appearance in the KBO League. In a heated free agent recruiting market where demand is already greater than supply, it may be a natural result that it attracts the attention of major league teams.
Previously, John Heyman, a major league reporter for the New York Post, also mentioned Peddie’s performance in the KBO League and said that he was attracting the attention of major league clubs.
From NC’s perspective, they would like to renew his contract, but the stakes are already too big to hold on to.