Eric Peddy (30-NC Dinos), the best pitcher in the Korean Baseball Organization this year, is close to returning to Major League Baseball (MLB).
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, which follows big league player transfers, Peddie is close to signing a two-year deal with an as-yet undisclosed team that will pay him in excess of $5 million.
If reports are to be believed, Peddy will more than double his salary in just two years and make a golden return to the big leagues.
Before coming to NC, Peddie earned $2.21 million in 2022 from the MLB’s Washington Nationals.굿모닝토토 도메인
This year, as a new foreign player in the KBO, he signed a contract with the NC for $200,000 in signing bonus and $800,000 in salary with a cap of $1 million.
Using a modified sweeper, Pedi went 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA and 209 strikeouts in Korea this season.
By leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts, Pedi became the fourth pitcher in history to win the Pitcher’s Triple Crown and the fifth in KBO history to record 20 wins and 200 strikeouts in a season, earning him a dominant Most Valuable Player (MVP) honor.
He took home a total of 21 million won for winning the MVP award, as well as five defensive titles.
Big league clubs took an early interest in Pedi after he posted an impressive 29.5 percent strikeout rate and 5 percent walk rate in the hitter-friendly KBO.
Pedi attributes his success to refining the lateral movement of his slider and tweaking his grip on his changeup in Korea.
With a dearth of experienced pitchers in the big leagues, it’s likely that Peddy will join the ranks of Meryl Kelly (Arizona Diamondbacks), Josh Lindblom and Brooks Reilly (New York Mets) in signing a multi-year contract to continue the KBO’s reverse export phenomenon.