Kiwoom, who left Lee Jung-hoo and Ahn Woo-jin, renews $1.3 million contract even after Furado…$2.7 million foreign trio is hope

Kiwoom said on the 22nd, “We signed a 2024 season contract with foreign pitcher Furado for a total of $1.3 million (about 1.7 billion won), including $1.2 million in annual salary and $100,000 in incentives.” Kiwoom, which re-signed Ronnie Dawson ($600,000) and recruited new foreign pitcher Emmanuel de Heissus ($800,000), completed the formation of a foreign player in the 2024 season by renewing his contract with Furado.헤라카지노

Even after making his KBO league debut by signing a contract with Kiwoom for a total of $1 million (about 1.3 billion won) this year, he played a one-two punch with Ahn Woo-jin, recording 11 wins, 8 losses and 2.65 ERA in 30 games (183 ⅔ innings) this year. Although he did not receive much attention, he performed solidly, ranking fourth in the league in ERA, tied for ninth in multiple wins, third in innings and tied for sixth in strikeouts.

As ace Ahn Woo-jin started his mandatory military service as a social service worker after Tommy John surgery, Kiwoom has many variables in starting rotation for next season. As there is no clear starting pitcher in Korea, young pitchers such as Jang Jae-young, Kim Sun-ki, Joo Seung-woo, Kim Dong-gyu, Lee Myung-jong and Kim Dong-hyuk are expected to receive opportunities. That is why Hurado’s role has become more important.

A new foreign pitcher will throw a one-two punch with Hurado. A left-handed fireballer who speeds over 150 km per hour, he does not have much experience in the Major League. He only posted an ERA of 11.37 in two games (six ⅓) since his debut in Miami this year. In the Minor League, he had 178 games (749 ⅓ innings) with 49 wins, 45 losses and three saves with an ERA of 4.01. In March, he played for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic, and recorded four hits, one walk, five strikeouts and one run in three ⅔ innings against Israel.

Dawson, who came to Kiwoom as a substitute for foreign hitter Edison Russell, did not have much experience in the Major League and did not have high expectations as he played in the independent league right before he came to Kiwoom. The deal was worth 85,000 U.S. dollars, which was quite cheap compared to recent foreign players. However, his performance exceeded everyone’s expectations. He led Kiwoom’s batting lineup in the second half of the year by posting 336 homers (77 hits in 229 at-bats) and 29 RBIs in 57 games. Encouraged by his performance, Kiwoom renewed his contract with Dawson for 600,000 dollars, seven times his annual salary this year.

Furado, Jesus, and Dawson have combined contracts worth 2.7 million U.S. dollars. This is the smallest amount among the six teams that have completed the formation of foreign players. The teams that invested the most in foreign players were LG and KT, which also invested 3.8 million dollars. SSG (3.4 million dollars), Doosan (3.33 million dollars), and Lotte (3.25 million dollars) also surpassed 3 million dollars. Kiwoom is the only team whose combined contract value for foreign players does not exceed 3 million dollars.

Kiwoom, where pitching ace Lee Jung-hoo and Ahn Woo-jin both left the team for a while, is expected to play the role of foreign players next season. Attention is focusing on whether Furado, Heissus and Dawson Trio will be able to show a cost-effective performance.

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