KBO free agency closes with 5 players finding new homes

Doosan Bears captain Yang Suk-hwan speaks during the club's 41st founding anniversary celebration at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, Jan. 15. Yonhap

All 19 free agents in Korean baseball have signed new deals, with a handful of players landing in new spots ahead of the 2024 season.Right-handed reliever Ju Kwon, the last remaining free agent in the Korea Baseball Organization, re-signed with the KT Wiz on Friday.In free agency, LG Twins captain Oh Ji-hwan signed the most lucrative deal, worth 12.4 billion won ($9.3 million) over six years.One caveat: the Twins and Oh had already agreed to the contract in January 2023, but they only made it official this offseason for some roster construction purposes for the Twins.Doosan Bears’ new captain Yang Suk-hwan owns the biggest free agent deal signed this winter, as he agreed to a four-year deal worth 6.5 billion won, with a mutual option for two more years worth another 1.3 billion won.

Veteran infielder An Chi-hong signed a four-year deal worth 5.5 billion won with the Hanwha Eagles, with another 1.7 billion won over two extra years available per a mutual option.An was one of five players to switch clubs. All-Star closer Kim Jae-yoon was also in that group. He left the Wiz to join the Samsung Lions on a four-year, 5.8 billion won contract. It was the largest deal awarded to a free agent pitcher this offseason.Catcher Lee Ji-young and infielder Kim Min-sung both switched teams in sign-and-trade deals, whereby they first agreed to contract with their original clubs and were immediately dealt.Kim left the Twins to rejoin the Lotte Giants, the club that drafted him in 2006. Lee ended his five-year run with the Kiwoom Heroes as he was traded to the SSG Landers.The Lions were the busiest team in free agency. They signed three of their own free agents 카지노사이트킹 and acquired Kim Jae-yoon and another reliever, Lim Chang-min, to bolster their bullpen. 

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