Tuesday, 21st March 2023

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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them

Who are you waiting for?… Contracts for 24 foreign players for the 2023 season are completed, only 6 players from 4 teams remain

24 foreign players have been confirmed to play in the 2023 KBO League. Only six players from four clubs remain without contracts.

SSG Landers, the champion of the 2022 season, is unable to find a replacement hitter for Juan Lagares, and the LG Twins, who are thirsty for a championship, hit Abraham Almonte as a substitute hitter for Mabel Garcia, who returned home early without being named in the fall baseball. There has been no news of a foreign hitter since the contract was canceled after a problem was discovered in the medical test while trying to sign for a dollar.

In comparison, the NC Dinos recruited James Martin, who is regarded as a ‘semi-class outfielder’, as a replacement hitter for Nick Martini for a total of $1 million ($180,000 contract fee, $720,000 annual salary, $100,000 incentive). No news.

In addition, the Hanwha Eagles signed Felix Pena, who was recruited as a replacement for Nick Kingham, for $ 850,000 스포츠토토 ($ 100,000 down payment, $ 550,000 annual salary, $ 200,000 in incentives), an increase of $ 350,000 from the total amount of $ 500,000 this year. Only one pitcher and one hitter are unsigned.

Recently, there has been talk that NC is negotiating a contract with a player with full-time major league selection experience for a foreign pitcher position, but there is still no news about the other pitcher.

Due to this wind, it is said that they have only announced their intention to renew the contract with Drew Luchinski, who is outwardly prioritizing returning to the major leagues, but have not talked about a specific contract, but there is a reasonable doubt that they are still unable to abandon their attachment to Luchinski. there is.

Luchinski, who received $2 million ($300,000 contract fee, $1.6 million annual salary, $100,000 in incentives), the highest among foreign pitchers in the 2022 season, was rumored to be eyeing several major league teams, and Luchinski himself returned to the major leagues. is a priority situation. However, news of Luchinski’s major league contract has not been heard.

Therefore, NC is cautiously gaining strength from the prospect that the work of recruiting the remaining single-digit foreign pitcher may be delayed until Luchinski’s U-turn in the major leagues is certain.

Hanwha has to exclude Jefri Ramirez from the 2023 reserve list and search for a new foreign pitcher, but it is still undecided.

The contract with Mike Tuckman, who played all 144 games this season, has not been made. Although he has excellent outfield defense and stable hitting enough to hit 166 hits in the season, the evaluation that his long hitting power is insufficient with 12 homers just over 10 seems to be holding his ankle. There is also news that some say that salary issues are preventing renewal of contracts.

In the midst of this, at one time, news came that Hanwha was impending a contract with Rafael Ortega. Rafael Ortega, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs with a career batting average of 0.250 and 21 home runs in six major league seasons, became a non-tender free agent after the 2022 season ended. However, if Ortega turns to the Asian side, the prospect that it will be to the Japanese side, which is guaranteed more money than the KBO, is gaining strength, and now it has entered the state.

It is somewhat surprising that Hanwha, which showed sincerity in strengthening its power by showing a quick move in recruiting free agents as general manager Jeong Min-cheol took over as general manager Jeong Min-cheol’s successor, seems to be slowing down in appointing foreign players.

Each club has created a foreign player scouting report and is contacting them in various ways. NC and Hanwha are no exception. As much as it is late, it may mean that there is a perfect player waiting for the character of the team. Who will be that foreign player?