Lee Jae-won (36) and Seo Geon-chang (35) have found a new team. What will happen to Song Eun-beom (40), who experienced “release” after the end of the season.
Among the players who were excluded from the list of 10 clubs after the 2023 season, veterans Seo Geon-chang, Lee Jae-won and Song Eun-beom drew attention. There is a name value, and last year, they were Seo Geon-chang (200 million won), Song Eun-beom (140 million won), and Lee Jae-won (100 million won).
Lee Jae-won and Seo Geon-chang, who volunteered to be released by their clubs, vowing to take a chance at a new team, will take on challenge at Hanwha and KIA, respectively. However, Song remains missing.
Lee Jae-won signed a contract with Hanwha for an annual salary of 50 million won at the end of December. Lee Jae-won will wear Hanwha’s uniform after leaving SSG, which he played for 18 years since his professional debut in 2006.
Lee Jae-won, who was the leading player in the 2018 Korean Series, became an FA and successfully signed a four-year, 6.9 billion won FA jackpot contract. However, his personal performance declined from the 2022 season. In 2022, SSG won the overall title, but Lee Jae-won was sluggish with a batting average of 201 runs (47 hits in 234 times at bat) and an OPS of .574. Lee Jae-won, whose four-year contract ended, renewed his contract for an annual salary of 100 million won for the 2023 season. It was a tremendous loss from his annual salary of 1 billion won.
Lee played only 27 games in the first division last year, and his performance was sluggish with 0 homers and 2 RBIs with a batting average of 91 percent (four hits in 44 times at bat). After the season, Lee Jae-won asked the club to release him. The club offered to lead the team, but Lee Jae-won had strong will to continue his career.
He is looking for a comeback in Hanwha, where catcher depth is not strong. Hanwha’s catcher team has key players Choi Jae-hoon and backup Park Sang-eon. If Lee Jae-won, who suffered the release, has a clear motivation and is desperate, he can take a place in Hanwha’s catcher team. It is worth looking forward to the rebound of Lee Jae-won, who is experienced
Seo Kun-chang decided to start anew at his hometown team KIA after being released from LG. KIA announced on the 15th, “We signed a contract with Seo Kun-chang for a total of 120 million won, including 50 million won in annual salary and 70 million won in options.”헤라카지노주소
Seo, who was traded from Kiwoom to LG in July of the 2021 season, recorded career low performance for the past three years. After the trade in 2021, Seo had a batting average of 247 (58 hits in 235 at bats) with two homers, 24 RBIs, 33 runs, and six stolen bases with an OPS of .655 in 68 games. He continued his slump in 2022. Due to injury, he played in only 77 games and was sluggish with a batting average of 224 (49 hits in 219 at bats).
In the 2023 season, Yeom Kyung-yeop, who was with the Nexen Heroes, met again when he took the helm of the LG Twins. Yeom Kyung-yeop, who led the heyday of Seo, who set the 200-hit mark for the only time in the Korean pro baseball league, tried to help Seo make a comeback, but it didn’t go his way. Seo played in 44 games last year and recorded a batting average of .200 (22 for 110) with 12 RBIs, 14 runs scored and three stolen bases with an OPS of .542. Due to poor batting performance and defense, he moved to the second division in May last year and returned to the first division during an expanded entry in September.
LG Twins’ Shin Min-jae, who emerged as a surprise star last year, took the second baseman position as he played an active part in the offense and defense line. This year, young players including Koo Bon-hyuk, Son Ho-young and Kim Ju-sung who returned after completing their military service are fiercely competing to back up the infield. Seo gave up his third opportunity as an FA and volunteered to be released from the LG Twins. After the release, he was also offered to recruit Kiwoom, his former team, but Seo decided to revive himself in his hometown team.
An official from KIA said, “We decided to recruit Seo Geon-chang, who is experienced, because he believes that it will be of great help to the young and promising infielders in the team. I hope he will lead his juniors well with Kim Sun-bin, and I hope he will be revived in his hometown team.” Although there is Kim Sun-bin, the main second baseman, he has to prepare his physical strength, and if Seo Gun-chang fills the disappointing offense of KIA’s infield backup, it is expected to rebound.
Veteran pitcher Song Eun-beom is showing his willingness to extend his active duty. Although the veteran’s position has narrowed in the LG bullpen, which has grown and become thicker by a large number of young pitchers, he can help in teams with thin bullpen depth.
Song joined the club in 2003 as the first SK Wyverns pitcher, and was the champion of the Korean Series three times in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Song was traded to Kia in 2013, and transferred to Hanwha for free agency in 2015. He was traded to LG from Hanwha in July 2019. He performed various duties in the bullpen, including long relief, must-win, and pursuit.
He suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee while handling a grounder hit during a pitch in August 2021. He spent about a year in surgery and rehabilitation, and returned to the first team at the end of July 2022. After returning, he pitched in 25 games, recording one win, one loss and two hold-ERA of 4.05.
Veteran Song Eun-beom had few chances to join the LG Twins’ bullpen in the 2023 season, as rookies such as Yoo Young-chan, Baek Seung-hyun and Park Myung-geun grew into a must-win group. The number of days he registered in the first division was 27 days. Song allowed one run in four ⅔ (three innings) in the first division last year.
While playing for 21 seasons, Song posted an earned run average of 4.57 earned runs of 88 wins, 95 losses, 27 saves, 57 holds in 680 games. He has ample experience in starting, middle and finishing games. Will Song be able to find a new team.