Chicago White Sox agree to 2-year deal with pitcher Erick Fedde, the reigning MVP of the KBO

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Erick Fedde will look to carry his success in the Korea Baseball Organization back to the major leagues after signing a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox for $15 million, a source confirmed to the Tribune on Tuesday.

The addition is pending a physical. ESPN’s Jeff Passan had the initial report.

The right-handed pitcher, 30, isn’t a stranger to MLB, having made 88 starts in 102 career appearances.

Fedde has a career 21-33 record with a 5.41 ERA during six seasons with the Washington Nationals. He has 352 strikeouts and 191 walks in 454 1/3 major-league innings.

He had a terrific 2023 with the NC Dinos of the KBO, going 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA in 30 starts. He had 209 strikeouts and 35 walks in 180 1/3 innings.

Fedde set MLB career highs in wins (7), strikeouts (128) and innings pitched (133 1/3) in 2021. Overall, he went 7-9 with a 5.47 ERA in 29 outings (27 starts).

He matched the career-high in starts (27) while going 6-13 with a 5.81 ERA in 2022.

Fedde earned MVP honors after leading the KBO in wins, ERA and strikeouts in 2023.

It all caught the attention of the Sox, who have been looking for pitching depth.

Last month, the team traded for pitchers Michael Soroka and Jared Shuster as part of the six-player deal that sent reliever Aaron Bummer to the Atlanta Braves.


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