“It’s very good news.”
That’s how Kiwoom Heroes head coach Hong Won-ki responded to the news of Lee Won-seok, 37, signing the club’s first multi-year contract.
Kiwoom announced the signing of Lee Won-seok to a multi-year contract ahead of their game against the KIA Tigers at Kia Champions Field in Gwangju on April 28. The contract is for 2+1 years, with an annual salary of 400 million won in the first year and 300 million won in subsequent years, up to a maximum of 1 billion won. The contract will take effect on Feb. 1 of next year, pending final approval by the KBO.카지노사이트
Lee, who was drafted by the Lotte Giants in the second round of the 2005 rookie draft, moved to the Doosan Bears in 2009 as compensation for free agent Hong Seong-hoon. He became eligible for free agency after the 2016 season and signed with the Samsung Lions, signing a second free agent contract in 2021. After joining Kiwoom in a trade in April, Lee had to play one more season to become eligible for a third free agency. With this multi-year deal, Lee will be able to play for The Kiwoom for up to three more years. Kiwoom head coach Ko Hyung-wook explained the reasoning behind the multi-year deal, saying, “Lee Won-seok quickly integrated into the team after joining the team by trade and served as the centerpiece of the batting lineup.” He also set an example for the juniors with his sincerity and initiative.
Before the game against KIA, Hong said, “As a player, it’s something to be celebrated. He explained Lee Won-seok’s value by saying, “He came by trade earlier this season and integrated well with the team, and as a veteran, he played a big role by giving advice to the younger players.”
“I was worried about re-signing at the end of the season because I had a year off, but now I can put down my worries and pressure and focus more on baseball,” Lee said, “Thank you for signing a multi-year contract with good conditions during the season. It’s a great motivation. I will take responsibility and do a better job.” “I’m sure there is a role for me in the team. I will do my best to always set an example for my teammates.”