Oh's agent, Dong-wook Kim, said Monday that the Rangers elected not to sign his client to a contract after the reliever's medical test revealed right elbow inflammation, Sung Min Kim of Sporting News reports.
Kim added that despite the medical red flags, the Rangers were still eager to sign the right-hander to modified contract terms, but Oh and his representation weren't willing to accept those conditions. Oh will presumably wait until the elbow inflammation fully subsides before reengaging teams in contract negotiations, but his ongoing absence from spring training lessens the possibility that he'll contend for a closing role no matter where he ultimately lands.
Oh and the Rangers reportedly had an agreement in place earlier in the month, but according to Sullivan, issues with Oh's physical prevented the completion of the deal. The two parties have apparently broken off negotiations altogether, so the 35-year-old reliever will now look to prove his health and latch on elsewhere.
Contrary to prior reports, a deal between the Rangers and Oh is not imminent, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
General manager Jon Daniels offered no explanation as to why the completion of a deal came to a potential halt, but he did say that there was "nothing close to being ready to announce." There is speculation that the physical Oh needed to pass prior to signing is the issue, but the Korean reliever told reporters that his arm is feeling fine. More information should come forth in the coming days, but it seems like Oh will need to wait a bit longer to have a team to call his own.
The deal is for one season and includes a club option for a second. Oh joins a bullpen that lacks an established closer and he could conceivably push for the job if he can recover from the struggles that saw him removed from that role in St. Louis last July. Major drops in the 35-year-old's strikeout and groundball rates resulted in a 5.04 xFIP last year.
Oh (hamstring) fired a scoreless seventh inning in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Reds, recording a strikeout.
The 35-year-old reliever had been unavailable since Sept. 7 due to hamstring tightness, but he was impressively efficient while disposing of Jose Peraza, Patrick Kivlehan and Tucker Barnhart. Oh could see some save opportunities over the final stretch of the season, although he notably blew his last opportunity versus the Giants on Sept. 2.
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