The club’s position is that it will catch all internal FA this year (LG General Manager Cha Myung-seok).”헤라카지노
The LG Twins were considered the overwhelming favorite to win the first place even before the season. Despite its ups and downs, the Twins won the regular season-Korea Series title this year as expected.
It was the first championship in 29 years since 1994. Clubs and fans were all soaked in emotion. Various winning goods were sold hotly.
Then, the “time to become a leader” has begun. This winter’s concept is ironclad defense, not external recruitment.
Although the negotiation time was delayed a lot due to the delayed postseason schedule and the aftermath of the championship, LG was able to afford it. It also secured more flexibility in salary cap by turning Oh Ji-hwan’s contract, which was originally announced as a “non-FA extension contract,” to FA.
FA Lim Chan-kyu and President Kim In-seok. Photo courtesy = LG Twins
Just like the Korean Series, the result has become a reality as expected. LG sold up to 12.4 billion won (12.4 million U.S. dollars) for six years with Oh Ji-hwan, up to 5 billion won (4 years with Lim Chan-kyu) for four years, and up to 3.8 billion won (3.4 million dollars) for four years with Ham Deok-ju. Cha Myung-seok’s boast was exactly what he said.
The players were drunk on the joy of winning the championship. It may be the result of LG’s successful “door crackdown.” Not only Oh Ji-hwan but also Lim Chan-gyu did not have any significant possibility of a transfer or a team. Ham Deok-ju, who was asked by the Major League Baseball (MLB) to check his status, also did not have much intention of the player himself to go overseas. Thanks to this, everyone remained safe.
He re-signed Austin Dean, a foreign hitter who made an absolute contribution to his win, for 1.3 million U.S. dollars and Casey Kelly, a “long-lived foreigner,” for 1.5 million dollars. He also filled up 1 million dollars with new foreign pitcher Detrick Ness.
With the exception of Ko Woo-suk, who is knocking on the U.S. market through posting, LG’s stove league will only have one veteran infielder Kim Min-sung left.
The amount of money is quite considerable. The total amount of the three free agents has already exceeded 21 billion won. If Kim Min-seong, who had difficulties covering the first, second, and third bases this year, stays at LG, the total amount could exceed 22 billion won.
It is by far the biggest investment for LG since its foundation in 1990. The previous record was 17.9 billion won in 2022, when LG beat Kim Hyun-soo (11.5 billion won for four plus two years), Park Hae-min (6 billion won for four years) and Heo Do-hwan (400 million won for two years).
Still, it is fortunate that there has been no bleeding at all. Major players, including Cha Myung-seok, Lim Chan-gyu, and Oh Ji-hwan, also stressed their desire to build the LG dynasty.
The fact that it will maintain its powerful power, which had produced its first championship in 29 years next year, is a big burden. The problem is that Ko Woo-suk will advance to the U.S. stage, but LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop has found a number of potential bullpen pitchers, including Ham Deok-ju, You Young-chan and Park Myung-geun, in addition to Jung Woo-young.
Will LG be able to win the title for the second consecutive year? Defending the team’s ironclad defense this winter is clearly its first step.