One big homework has been solved.

The KIA Tigers announced a multi-year contract with catcher Kim Tae-gun on the 16th, a day before the final game of the regular season. Up to 2.5 billion won for 3 years (annual salary 2 billion won, option 500 million won). Kim Tae-gun, who was about to acquire FA qualifications at the end of this season, will now be able to continue working with KIA.도메인

Last July, when KIA gave up Ryu Ji-hyuk to Samsung and brought in Kim Tae-goon, whether or not a multi-year contract would be signed was a topic of great interest. After failing to sign a contract with Park Dong-won, who became a free agent after the end of last season, they tried to solve their home troubles with internal resources, but the result was a failure. In the end, a veteran catcher was brought in through a trade. Given that Kim Tae-goon will become a free agent after this season, it was assessed that KIA recruited him with a multi-year contract in mind, and the actual results turned out that way.

Now the gaze turns inward.

In addition to Kim Tae-gun, KIA’s contracts with Choi Hyeong-woo (40), Kim Sun-bin (34), and Ko Jong-wook (34) have expired. Choi Hyung-woo signed a three-year contract worth a total of 4.7 billion won ahead of the 2021 season, and Kim Sun-bin signed a four-year contract worth up to 4 billion won after the 2020 season. Ko Jong-wook met the requirements to obtain FA qualifications last year, but did not exercise his rights.

According to the KBO FA compensation regulations, Kim Seon-bin, who is about to apply for his second free agency, is in Grade B, subject to the 100% compensation rule for one player other than the 25 protected list and 200% compensation for the previous year’s player salary. If Ko Jong-wook exercises his qualifications, he will be a new qualification. He ranks 11th or lower in annual salary ranking (70 million won) and is classified as C grade. Choi Hyung-woo must wait one more year to become eligible for free agency again.

All three play a significant role in the team. Choi Hyung-woo recorded a batting average of .302 (130 hits in 431 at-bats) in 121 games this season, 17 home runs and 81 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.887. He played a role as a problem solver in the team’s batting lineup. Sunbin Kim played 119 games with a batting average of .322 (134 hits in 419 at-bats), no home runs, 48 ​​RBIs, and an OPS of 0.739. He is an irreplaceable second base resource. Ko Jong-wook, who played as a pinch hitter-outfield platoon this year, showed great performance with a batting average of .2096 (80 hits in 270 at-bats), 3 home runs, 39 RBI, OPS of 0.722, and scoring average of .3046 in 114 games. Although all three are quite old, they are still players that KIA needs.

The airflow is positive.

KIA seemed to be paying attention to signing contracts with three players before signing a multi-year contract with Taegun Kim. The team’s contribution so far and its weight within the squad were comprehensively taken into consideration. ‘Living Legend’ Choi Hyeong-woo, who broke Lee Seung-yeop’s personal record of most doubles this year, franchise star Kim Sun-bin, who served as captain for two consecutive years, and Ko Jong-wook, who silently did his part as a backup, all performed well and deserved respect.

Choi Hyung-woo and Kim Sun-bin, who played the role of team pillars, and Ko Jong-wook, who did not shy away from difficult tasks despite being veterans, all did not hide their affection for KIA. KIA has also highly evaluated their contributions. What kind of ending will they meet in the upcoming Stove League?

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