It’s the perfect time to dream of fall baseball and beyond. The Busan Seagulls are gearing up for another emergency.

The Lotte Giants had the busiest winter of the 10 clubs. In the free agent market, they filled three spots (Yoo Kang-nam, No Jin-hyuk, and Han Hyun-hee) and added experienced veterans like Shin Jeong-rak, Kim Sang-soo, Yoon Myung-joon, and Chau-chan. The relatively young Ahn Kwon-soo, Lee Jung-hoon, Hyun Do-hoon, Kim Tae-wook, and Lee Jung-woo also donned Lotte uniforms.

With the lid lifted, the outfield became more dynamic with the addition of Ahn Kwon-soo, Kim Min-seok, and Yoon Dong-hee this year to Hwang Sung-bin and Ko Seung-min. The infield was filled with proven veterans like Han Dong-hee, No Jin-hyuk, Ahn Chi-hong, Lee Hak-joo, Park Seung-wook, and rookie Kim Min-soo.

The bolstering of the lineup continued during the season. Infielder Lee Ho-yeon swung the bat with a 4.02 OPS for the Futures, but he didn’t have a spot on the first team, so he and “trade buddy” KT Wiz played their cards right again. They traded Lee Ho-yeon for injured left-hander Shim Jae-min. He’s a year older than Lee, but he’s a left-handed pitcher with experience in the first team, which the team lacked. He is also a Busan man from Kaesong High School. He will be reorganized in the second team and will be called up to the first team in early June.

Added to this is Kook Hae-seong, a big-time prospect. He is a ‘second-team home run king’ who once competed with Kim Jae-hwan and Park Gun-woo, but was unable to blossom due to repeated injuries. He declared himself a free agent in 2021, but was unable to find a team. However, he didn’t let go of his baseball dreams and continued to play in the independent league, and this time, he got the chance to wear a Lotte uniform. He is a switch-hitter, so even if he is a pinch-hitter instead of a starter, it is a good move for Lotte.

In addition, Lee In-bok, who is recovering from elbow surgery, is preparing to return to the first team in June. He was a crucial part of the Lotte starting lineup like a Cinderella in 2021 and had the best year of his career last year with 9 wins and 9 losses. After undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, he is aiming for the first team after a full rehabilitation.메이저놀이터

Rex and Hwang Sung-bin are expected to return in early June. Chau-chan, who won 112 games in the KBO, is also expected to return to the first team as early as mid-June.

In the spring, it was ‘Topde’. Even as the sun heated up, they maintained their top-three position and are battling for the lead with the SSG Landers and LG Twins.

Now it’s summer. But the depth is different than before. Lotte is dreaming of a glorious June.

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