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Oh! St. Louis Cardinals sign Olympic gold medalist as reliever

South Korea's Seung Hwan Oh delivers to the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a exhibition spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz., Wednesday, March 11, 2009. The Padres won 10-4. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) South Korea's Seung Hwan Oh delivers to the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a exhibition spring training baseball game in Peoria, Ariz., Wednesday, March 11, 2009. The Padres won 10-4. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
ST. LOUIS (KFVS) -

The St. Louis Cardinals signed a deal with a South Korean reliever on Monday.

The Cardinals announced a one-year deal with Seung Hwan Oh. The deal includes a club option for 2017.

Trevor Rosenthal will still close for the team. Oh will serve as a setup man.

Oh, 33, had become an elite closer during his career in the Korea Baseball Organization and Japan's Central League. He posted a 1.81 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 10.7 K/9 and 5.18 K/BB in 646 1/3 innings, according to the St. Louis Cardinals website.

Oh also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

His nickname is "The Final Boss." 

The KBO issued a suspension for half a season to Oh for his connections to gambling with a former teammate at a casino abroad, which is forbidden by South Korea laws for its citizens. If Oh stayed to play in Korea in 2016, he would have had to miss the first 72 games.

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