Super-large jackpot multi-year contract exploded. With the contract size of key players in the KBO league getting bigger and bigger, what other big contracts will come out after the end of next year’s season? Fans are already interested in it.
On the 17th, the NC Dinos signed a non-FA (free agent) multi-year contract with native ace Gu Chang-mo in the team. Depending on the results of the international competition next year, it is a total of 12.5 billion won for 6 years (if FA qualification is obtained after the end of the 2024 season), or up to 13.2 billion won for 7 years (if FA qualification is not obtained after the end of the 2024 season). If you enlist in the military, the contract period is extended by the corresponding period.
Now, if you play baseball well, an era has opened where you can win a major contract even before you qualify for free agency. Earlier, SSG cut the first tape. In December of last year, pitchers Park Jong-hoon (5 years, up to 6.5 billion won) and Moon Seung-won (5 years, up to 5.5 billion won) signed KBO’s first non-FA multi-year contracts, and then signed a multi-year contract with Hanyu Island for up to 6 billion won over 5 years. In February, Samsung signed a multi-year contract with Koo Ja-wook for a total of 12 billion won over 5 years, and in October, Lotte signed a multi-year contract with Park Se-woong for a total of 9 billion won over 5 years.
The big jackpot opportunities are still there. Of course, the FA market in 2023 is not over yet. Han Hyun-hee (Kiwoom) of A grade, Jeong Chan-heon (Kiwoom) and Kwon Hee-dong (NC) of B grade, Shin Bong-gi (KT) and Lee Myeong-gi (NC) and Kang Yun-gu (Lotte) of C grade remain in the market. However, while news of the contract with them was rarely heard, Koo Chang-mo signed a multi-year contract. Koo Chang-mo had more than two seasons left until he obtained FA qualification, but NC became an unusual protagonist by moving preemptively to secure key selection resources.
What players will be put up for sale after the 2023 season ends? First of all, the main character with the highest possibility of hitting a super-large jackpot. I am Oh Ji-hwan, the national shortstop. The variable is a multi-year contract. This is because LG has already moved. After the 2019 season, Oh Ji-hwan obtained his first FA qualification. During the negotiation process at the time, after conveying his intention to entrust the blank paper to the club, he signed a stamp for a total of 4 billion won over 4 years. If Oh Ji-hwan is sold as a free agent next year, it is expected that teams seeking to strengthen their strength will pour in love calls. However, LG is pursuing a non-FA multi-year contract. Director Cha Myung-seok said, “I’m thinking of signing a multi-year contract with Oh Ji-hwan,” and “I’ve talked to Oh Ji-hwan to some extent.”
As a starting resource, Lim Chan-gyu (LG), who chose free agency this time, is looking for a rebound. In addition, Jang Min-jae (Hanwha), who joined in 2009, is also planning to obtain FA qualification. Compared to the starting resources, the expected sale of the bullpen is plentiful. Including Jin Hae-soo and Ham Deok-joo (above LG), Joo Kwon and Kim Jae-yoon (above KT), Gun-hee Hong and Kang-ryul Kim (above Doosan), Seung-hwan Oh (Samsung), Myeong-jun Yoon (Lotte) and Chang-min Shim (NC). As for the fielders, Seo Geon-chang (LG), Kim Min-seong (LG), Lee Yong-gyu and Lee Ji-young (Lee Sang-kiwoom), Ahn Chi-hong and Jeon Jun-woo (Lotte Lee Sang-sang), Yang Seok-hwan (Doosan), Kim Sun-bin (KIA), Kim Tae-gun and Kang Han Wool (above Samsung), Kim Min-shik (SSG), Noh Soo-gwang (Hanwha), etc. are expected to enter the market by filling the number of FA qualification days.
There are a lot of net exhaust resources. Among them, if the original club really needs a resource, they may preemptively sign a multi-year contract. However, just like this year, the club cannot help but consider the salary cap (upper limit on the total annual salary) due to the recruitment of new players and the increase in annual salary. An official predicted, “Recently, each team is turning to an atmosphere that favors veterans. In the case of next year’s FA resources, although they are old, many sales will be poured into the market to be evaluated.” 메이저사이트
Lotte and Hanwha, which closed their wallets and waited in the FA market last year, actively invested heavily this winter. Which club will claim to be a big player in the free agency market next year, which is relatively rich in semi-class resources rather than limited-class players? Also, how will the power of the 10 KBO league teams be reorganized?