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‘Competition imminent’ catcher duo, mixed joys and sorrows at 5 million won… The message KIA put in it

The annual salary of the old man has decreased, and the number of competitors has increased slightly.

On the 29th, the KIA Tigers completed all negotiations on the salary of the contract renewal target. Among them, the expression in the living room is rather interesting. Han Seung-taek (29), who served as a backup for the first team, signed for 80 million won, a 5.9% reduction from 85 million won. On the other hand, Joo Hyo-sang (26), who was traded from Kiwoom Heroes after last season, signed a contract of 48 million won, up 11.6% from 43 million won. It is a subtle hyperbola.

Han Seung-taek played 66 games last season. However, his defensive innings were 298⅔ innings, a significant decrease from the previous year 먹튀검증 (589 innings). At the beginning of the season, he competed with Kim Min-sik as the starting pitcher, but the aftermath of the trade recruitment of Park Dong-won (currently LG Twins) less than a month after the opening was great. It was not easy to secure time for Han Seung-taek as Park Dong-won started most of the games. He also fell short of expectations with a 1/7 6-run (18 hits in 102 at-bats), 1 home run, 12 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.486. The overall decline in indicators eventually led to a salary cut.

Joo Hyo-sang’s last first-team appearance was in 2020 when he was in Kiwoom. After that, he skipped two seasons while enlisting in the military as an active duty soldier. After joining the pro in 2016 with the first nomination, he spent a total of 5 seasons as a backup in the 1st team. His career stats are 203 batting average (73-for-359), 2 home runs, 36 RBIs, and an OPS of .546, not particularly outstanding indicators. Even so, KIA chose a slight increase.

Considering the upcoming main competition, KIA’s choice is worth finding an answer to some extent. After Park Dong-won left, the KIA home room was reorganized into a competitive system between Han Seung-taek and Joo Hyo-sang. During this American spring camp, the two catchers have to show their ability to take charge of the home game. For Han Seung-taek, who stayed at a disappointing metric last season, it can be said that the prescription of salary cuts aroused the atmosphere of competition and gave new motivation at the same time. It can be seen that the transfer student Joo Hyo-sang also threw a message in the competition for the starting team that the team expects through a carrot of an annual salary increase.

The amount of 5 million won may not be such a big amount in the professional world. However, it is true that not a single penny means anything to the person who directly signs the contract. The mixed joys and sorrows of 5 million won, the reduced gap, and the resulting subtle atmosphere are seasonings that will make the atmosphere of the upcoming KIA home room even hotter.

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