How did the ‘KBO reverse export myth’ come about… After SEA → NYM trade, waiting to be released again ‘great humiliation’

Chris Flexen, who was called the ‘ace’ of the former Doosan Bears and the ‘reverse export myth’ of the KBO League, was in danger of being released once again at the same time as he transferred to the New York Mets.

Local media outlets such as the US Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR) and the New York Post reported on the trade between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Mets on the 4th (Korean time).

Flexen was nominated by the Nyuk-Yok Mets with the 440th overall pick in the 14th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, and stepped on the big league stage in 2017. Flexen recorded an average ERA of 7.88 in 14 games (9 starts) in the first season of his debut, but the following year, 2 losses and an average ERA of 12.79 did not meet expectations, and in the third year season, he sluggish with 3 losses and an ERA of 6.59. has narrowed

After parting ways with the Mets, Flexen made contact with the Doosan Bears of the KBO League. Flexen entered the KBO League in 2020 and pitched in 21 regular season games, recording an ERA of 8-4 and 3.01, and his true value was revealed in the postseason. Flexen showed a different ‘class’ by harvesting 4 wins in 5 postseason games that year, and returned to the United States the following year.

Flexen, who returned to the major leagues after signing a two-year contract with the Seattle Mariners for $4.75 million (about 6.1 billion won), took a place in the starting rotation and expected to play in the 4th and 5th starts, but appeared in 31 games in 2021. With an average ERA of 3.61 with 14 wins and 6 losses, he started to be called ‘Ace’. At that time, Flexen ranked first in the most wins and average ERA among Seattle starting pitchers.

However, from the 2022 season, Flexen’s position began to narrow. Flexen started the season as a starter based on his performance in the 2021 season, but after repeated slumps, he turned to a bullpen pitcher and appeared in 33 games (22 starts), recording 8 wins, 9 losses, 2 saves, and an average ERA of 3.73. .

The desperate Flexen received another chance as a starter in this year’s demonstration game and raised expectations with 3 wins in 5 games and an average ERA of 2.65, but he never made a quality start (less than 3 ERA in 6 innings) in his 4 starts in May. He fell into a swamp of 4 consecutive losses, including failing to record, and after failing to rebound from the bullpen, he was assigned a designation assignment (DFA) in Seattle on the 28th of last month.

The destination of Flexen, which was listed on the release waiting list, was decided on the 4th. But this, too, was not happy news for Flexen. According to local media, the Mets received right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Chris Flexen from Seattle, and Seattle acquired Jack Mackenheon from the Mets. However, Flexen became a DFA with the Mets at the same time as the trade. He was placed on the waiting list for another release.

The reason why the Mets put Flexen on the waiting list immediately after acquiring Flexen is because Seattle wanted the Mets to bear Flexen’s remaining salary in return for giving away Goat. Flexen’s annual salary this season is 8 million dollars (about 10.4 billion won), but he needs to receive about 3.9 million dollars (about 5 billion won) more. The Mets also embraced Gott and Flexen as a condition of accepting this, and Flexen immediately decided to put them on the waiting list for release.바카라

In the end, it seemed that he would wear the uniform of his “parent” Mets in four years, but it was a humiliation for Flexen, who was put on the waiting list for release at the same time as the transfer.

Meanwhile, Gott, who was recruited by the Mets, debuted with the Los Angeles Angels in 2015 and played for the Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, and Seattle, appearing in 221 total games, 16-13, 39 holds, 5 saves, 4.70 ERA, 3 losses in 30 games this season. Marking an ERA of 4.03 in 7 holds, Mackenheon, who is embraced by Seattle, debuted in the big leagues this year and is recording an ERA of 6.00 in 3 games.

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