For the second time on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers have been reported to have interested in a free agent. It’s doubly interesting that both are players trying to come to the States from Japan and South Korea respectively. How exciting!
Josh Lindblom, a 32-year-old right handed pitcher from Indiana, was first drafted by the Houston Astros in third round of the 2005 draft before going to Purdue. He was again drafted high in 2008, this time by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second round.
He debuted in 2011 with LAD to relatively solid success, but has struggled to maintain that level of productivity throughout his MLB career. His last stint in the big leagues came in 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he pitched 10 1⁄3 innings across four appearances, allowing nine earned runs (7.84 ERA, 2.03 WHIP).
Since then, Lindblom has exclusively pitched in Korea and done rather well, even earning himself the 2019 KBO MVP award.
Despite serving as a relief pitcher in all but six of his 114 MLB appearances, Lindblom has only started for KBO teams. Most recently, he started 30 games for the Doosan Bears in Seoul, compiling a 2.50 ERA over 194 2⁄3 innings, striking out 189…