News has emerged that Adam Plutko (32), who was quite upset during the LG Twins’ combined championship
is seeking to return to the U.S. Major League.
On the 16th (Korean time), John Heyman, a columnist for the American media ‘New York Post’, announced on his SNS
Free agent Adam Plutko is seeking to return to the major leagues after spending two excellent seasons in Korea,” and added, 카지노사이트
Plutko is expected to return to the major leagues in 2022. In 2023, he recorded 15 wins, 5 losses, and an average ERA of 2.39, and in 2023,
he recorded 11 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 2.41. Both records were achieved with the LG Twins.
Over two seasons, he recorded 26 wins, 8 losses, an average ERA of 2.40, and OPS.
It recorded 0.596. The number of slider rotations improved from 2486 to 2592.”
As Heyman’s report card shows, Plutko was the best on the mound during the two seasons he spent in Korea.
Once on the mound, he showed the performance expected from a foreign ace.
This is why, ahead of this season, Plutco was offered a contract renewal for a total of $1.4 million
including a contract deposit of $300,000, an annual salary of $800,000, and incentives of $300,000.
But durability has always been an issue. Plutko left the regular season at the end of September last year due to phlegm symptoms.
He appeared in 28 games and pitched 162 innings, but his pitches and innings were not excessive, but something went wrong with his body.
Since LG had advanced to the playoffs, Plutko prepared for his postseason appearance, but instead conducted a practice review with one live pitching session.
And on October 25th of last year, he started in the second game of the playoffs against Kiwoom Heroes and suffered a defeat after allowing 8 hits, 1 strikeout, and 6 runs (4 earned runs) in 1⅔ innings.
LG also had poor results in many ways, including failing to advance to the Korean Series.
This year as well, Plutco failed to complete the season.
This year, he has been unable to go to the mound due to a pelvic contusion since late August, so he pitched only 21 games and 123⅓ innings.
It is true that he contributed to LG taking first place in the regular season by being responsible for 11 wins despite his small appearance
but it became a card that could not be used when it was most important, from the end of August to the post-season.
While LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop left open the possibility of Plutko’s return at the end of the season and tried to persuade the players
there was some confusion, and in the end, coach Yeom began planning the Korean Series with Plutko excluded from the team.
Plutco officially broke up with LG when it left for the United States on the 27th of last month, before the Korean Series began.
Although the process of parting ways with the club was difficult, Plutko said an earnest goodbye and boarded a plane to the United States.
He said, “LG fans, I’m so thankful for being a haven for my family over the past two years. I can’t express my gratitude in words.
My son went to school here, and my wife really loves Korea.
A special time for all of us.” “Thank you so much for making it,” he said.
He continued, “Teammates, you know how I feel about you.
We’ve worked really hard over the past two years.
I’ve worked hard to help LG win, both when I’m on the mound and throwing the ball and when I’m not.
LG “I firmly believe that we are building a dynasty.
Although it is a very small part of the process, I consider it a blessing to be able to do it together.
I am truly grateful,” he added.
Lastly, Plutko said, “I will support LG for the rest of my life. I can’t explain in words what LG means to me.
LG will continue to move forward and win,” and emphasized his regret of not being able to be together until the end. .
After returning to the United States, Plutko ended up on the operating table.
Plutko’s wife recently posted a photo of Plutko in the hospital after surgery on social media, making it known to domestic baseball fans. Her wife explained that she had had surgery ‘on her buttocks’.
Plutko made his big league debut in 2016 with the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians) and played five seasons until 2021.
He pitched in 88 games (37 starts) for two teams, Cleveland and the Baltimore Orioles, with a record of 14 wins, 14 losses, 3 saves, 273⅔ innings, and an ERA of 5.39.
Although he was not a standout pitcher when he was a major leaguer, looking at his performance alone
his two-year challenge in Korea was quite successful. It is also possible to dream of becoming a KBO reverse export legend like Merrill Kelly (35, Arizona Diamondbacks)
a former member of the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) who has been playing in the big league since 2019.
‘MLB Trade Rumors’, which covers the major league transfer news market, said on this day,
Considering Plutko’s age, it seems difficult to talk about a long-term contract even if there are major league teams that would be interested in him.
However, Plutko is younger than when Josh Lindblom signed a three-year, $9.125 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers after finishing his career in Korea.
And he’s two years younger than Drew Lucinski, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Oakland Athletics last winter after a successful career in the KBO.
He continued, ‘I don’t think it would be unreasonable to sign a 1-2 year contract at a low price.
Although it is difficult for Plutko to be guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation
he could be a target for clubs that want a swingman or want to reinforce the 6th and 7th starters in case the starting rotation options are lacking due to injury.
He added, “He appeared in relief in 51 games in the major leagues, and is no stranger to playing as a long reliever in the bullpen
predicting that he will be in demand in the major leagues.
The problem is health. Plutco currently estimates that about 5 to 6 months of rehabilitation will be needed.
It may be difficult to start pitching starting next year.
Still, his skills have been sufficiently proven during his two years in Korea
so teams looking to reinforce their pitching depth can reach out to Plutko.
I wonder whether he will be able to make a golden return to the big leagues by improving his durability
which was always an issue during the two years he played in Korea.