Suarez's move to the LG Twins of the KBO was made official after his contract was sold Monday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports. The move had been initially reported back in mid-December but took some time to complete. Suarez fits the profile common to many players who head abroad, as he's received a few chances at the big-league level but hasn't carved out a regular role. His 4.66 ERA in 202.2 major-league innings will rank as one of the better resumes among former MLB pitchers in Korea, and he's still just 28 years old, so it's not out of the question that he could take a step forward in a consistent starting role and push for more opportunities stateside in the future.
Suarez is nearing a one-year deal with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization, Daniel Kim of MBC Sports+ reports. The Twins would need to work out a buyout with the Giants since the left-hander remains under contract, but it appears he intends to continue his career in Korea. Suarez covered only 9.2 innings during 2020 and had a 5.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 25:14 K:BB over 32.2 frames in 2019.
Suarez was optioned to the Giants' alternate training site Saturday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Suarez tossed 2.2 scoreless innings Friday after rejoining the major-league club, but he'll head back to alternate camp to bring in a fresh arm in the bullpen as the Giants compete for a postseason spot. The southpaw carries a 3.72 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 9.2 innings this season.
Suarez was recalled by the Giants on Friday. Suarez has bounced on and off the roster throughout the season. He's made five appearances for the team, posting a 5.14 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP and a 4:5 K:BB. Wandy Peralta was optioned in a corresponding move.
Suarez was optioned to the Giants' alternate training site Sunday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. While the southpaw turned in 1.1 scoreless innings his last time out, it was not enough to save his roster spot. Suarez has mostly struggled going back to 2019, but he will likely return later this season when bullpen reinforcements are inevitably needed.