Kwang Hyun Kim
SP,RP - FA
Kim signed a four-year, 12.3 million dollar deal to return home to play for SSG Landers in the KBO.
Kim was rumored to this morning to be eyeing a deal to return to the KBO, where he played from 2007 through 2019. The deal was finalized as Kim signed a four-year, 12.3 million dollar deal to return home to the KBO. Kim posted a 2.97 ERA across 145.2 innings pitched in two seasons in St. Louis.
Kim appears close to a KBO return as the SSG Landers have officially requested a status check. This is a normal process when a KBO signs a player from MLB.
Kim made 21 starts and six relief appearances for the Cardinals last year, posting a 3.46 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 106.2 innings. Kim is currently a free agent but appears to be heading back to the KBO. He previously played in the KBO from 2007 through 2019. He should be off your draft boards with this news.
Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim failed to make it out of the second inning on Saturday afternoon, surrendering seven hits, four runs, and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings while falling to 6-7 on the season.
Kim served up a leadoff homer to Luis Urias in the first inning before allowing three more runs to score in the second inning. Kim has pitched a total of just 15 innings across his past five starts dating back to July. He'll take a 3.53 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into a daunting matchup against the Dodgers next Thursday. Kim should be left on the waiver wire heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Kwang Hyun Kim allowed three hits, a run, and a walk across four innings while striking out three in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday.
Kim was cruising through the first three innings before giving up three straight singles to lead off the fourth inning. One run would come across to score, but he navigated out of trouble otherwise only to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top half of the next inning. Kim now owns a 3.23 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 20 starts this season and will face the Brewers next weekend.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt told reporters that pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim could shift into the rotation. He is a candidate to take Jack Flaherty's place in the rotation on Sunday.
Kim just returned from a two-week stint on the injured list due to elbow inflammation. He started his first 19 games of the season but threw 2.2 innings out of the bullpen in his first game back post-injury on Tuesday. Through 20 outings, the southpaw is 6-6 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and .227 OBA. He has also walked 33 batters while striking out 72.