I’ll see you in the new year… More than half of foreign players are ‘experienced’

The proverb “The old guard is the masterpiece” also applies to foreign players in professional baseball.

Up to 25 out of 30 foreign players (maximum three players per team) have signed contracts through Sunday, and 16 of them have either re-signed or previously played in Korea. Excluding the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions, eight teams have signed with at least one “experienced player.” Samsung is also in negotiations to renew contract with pitcher David Buchanan, who had been with Samsung for four years until this year.

LG Twins, which won the title in 29 years, renewed contracts with pitcher Casey Kelly and batter Austin Dean. Kelly signed for 1.5 million U.S. dollars, and will accompany him for six consecutive seasons. He is the longest-serving expat pitcher in LG’s history. Kelly struggled with an ERA of 4.44 in the first half of this year, but rebounded with an ERA of 2.90 in the second half. In the Korean Series, he pitched well in Game 1 (two runs and one earned run in 6 1/3 innings) and Game 5 (one run in five innings).헤라카지노

Austin also hit 1.3 million dollars, continuing his relationship for two years. He hit .313 with 23 homers and 95 RBIs in 139 games during the regular season. He beat LG’s “foreign batter brutality.” At the Golden Glove Awards, he garnered 93.1 percent of support, becoming the winner of the most votes (271 out of 291) among the 291 votes.

The KT Wiz and the Doosan Bears filled all three spots with familiar faces. KT has already caught pitchers William Cuevas (US$1.5 million) and Wes Benjamin (US$1.4 million). After joining KT in 2019, Cuevas left the team due to an injury in the middle of last year and rejoined the team in June this year. He has won 12 games without a loss (ERA 2.60) in 18 games to become the winning percentage king. As a substitute for Cuevas last year, Benjamin earned his share by posting 15 wins this season.

KT’s new foreign hitter Mel Rojas Jr. has also been an old guard for four years since 2017. He joined the Nippon Professional Baseball (Hanshin Tigers) after being named the MVP of 2020, but returned to his old team after four years.

Doosan also recruited an experienced player to its original one-two punch. Pitcher Raul Alcantara signed for $1.5 million, making his fourth season in Korea. Brandon Waddell, who replaced Doosan as a substitute for the second consecutive year, renewed his contract for $1.13 million. It will mark the first time in three seasons that Doosan will open together.

Doosan’s new foreign hitter is Henry Ramos, who worked for KT for a while. Ramos, a switch hitter, showed an impressive performance in the 2022 exhibition game, but left the team after injuring his toe in the early season. Like Alcantara, he will move from KT to Doosan and start the “KBO Act 2.”

SSG Landers will be joined by batter Guillermo Heredia and pitcher Roenis Elias for one more year. Heredia signed for 1.5 million dollars and Elias for 1 million dollars, respectively. Heredia has displayed outstanding performances in several batting indicators this year.

KIA Tigers is searching for two pitchers after catching its batter Socrates Brito. Lotte Giants successfully renewed contracts with pitchers Charlie Barnes (135,000 U.S. dollars) and Aaron Wilkerson (950,000 dollars), all of whom new manager Kim Tae-hyung requested.

The Hanwha Eagles have teamed up again with pitcher Felix Peña, who has won 11 games (11 losses) this year, for $1.05 million. The Hanwha Eagles are expecting Peña to play the ace role in their third season. The Kiwoom Heroes have re-signed pitcher Ariel Furado and batter Ronnie Dawson.

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