Kim Jae-yoon, the KBO’s top closer, has chosen the Samsung Lions.
Samsung announced on the 22nd that it signed Kim Jae-yoon to a four-year contract for a total of 5.8 billion won, including a down payment of 2 billion won, a total of 2.8 billion won in salary, and a total of 1 billion won in incentives.

This is Samsung’s first free agent signing under new head coach Lee Jong-yeol.

“He is expected to be the best player to secure victory on the mound at Samsung Lions Park in Daegu,” Samsung said, explaining the reasoning behind the deal.
Since joining the KT Wiz in 2015, Kim has appeared in 481 professional games, compiling a 44-33 record with 17 shutouts and 169 saves.

In terms of saves alone, he ranks third among active players behind Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions – 400 saves) and Jung Woo-ram (Hanwha Eagles – 197 saves).

He is considered one of the best closers in the league, having recorded more than 30 saves in three consecutive seasons since 2021. 토토
“The Samsung Lions I saw in the 2015 season, when I debuted in the KBO, were an unbeatable team,” said Kim Jae-yoon, “and I want to do my best to build a dynasty once again.”

“We signed Kim Jae-yoon because we thought he was the best resource among FFA pitchers, and we want to emphasize the fact that we strengthened our bullpen, which was the weakest part of the team this season,” Lee said.

Outfielder Ko Jong-wook stays with KIA for 2 years, 500 million won
Outfielder Ko Jong-wook (34) has signed a free agent contract with his former team, the Kia Motors (KIA) Tigers.
Kia announced on Nov. 21 that it signed Ko Jong-wook to a two-year contract for a total of 500 million won, including a 100 million won signing bonus, 150 million won in annual salary, and 100 million won in options.

Ko Jong-wook was eligible for free agency after the 2022 season but did not exercise it.

Ko Jong-wook, who joined Kia after being released by the SSG Landers last year, appeared in 114 games this year, batting .296 with 80 hits and three home runs.

He was especially praised for his role as a pinch-hitter, batting .346 with runners in scoring position.

“Kia appreciated his role in the team’s batting order over the past two years,” said Kia.
“I’m grateful to Kia and the coach for giving me another chance.

I was given the opportunity to play for F.E.A., but I quickly finalized my contract because I wanted to stay with Kia and not another team.”

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