The value of a professional player is directly linked to his or her annual salary. LG Twins, which won the Korean Series title for the first time in 29 years, will be paid hundreds of millions of dollars in salary in all starting lineups next year.헤라카지노
LG had the same lineup for the first to fifth games of the Korean Series. They played five games through the same lineup: Hong Chang-ki, Park Hae-min, Kim Hyun-soo, Austin, Oh Ji-hwan, Moon Bo-kyung, Park Dong-won, Moon Sung-joo and Shin Min-jae. Only Moon Sung-joo (95 million won per year) and No. 9 Shin Min-jae (48 million won per year) were not paid a whopping amount of money. LG, which has won the combined championship, is set to see significant annual pay increases for its main players.
Moon, who failed to make an annual salary of 100 million won due to a gap of 5 million won last year, will become his first annual salary of 100 million won. Since joining the club as 97th overall in the second 10th round in 2018, Moon has made a successful low-round performance. Last year, Moon had a .303 batting average that failed to meet the required at-bats due to injury, and recorded 99 hits, one shy of 100 hits, while filling the required at-bats in 136 games this year, recording two homers and 57 RBIs with a batting average of .294 (132 hits in 449 at-bats) and 77 runs.
Shin started the season as a pinch-runner and a big-stakes player, but now he has become a key second baseman thanks to his surprise performance, and is set to earn an annual salary of hundreds of millions of dollars in his 10th year. Thanks to his resolution of his worries about second base, he was raised to hundreds of millions of dollars in salary during contract renewal negotiations.
Shin Min-jae, who joined Doosan as a training player in 2015, moved to LG in the second draft held in November 2017. Returning from military service in 2018, Shin made his debut in the first division in 2019. Since then, he has played as a pinch runner and a big fee. Shin, who played in only 32 games in 2021 and 14 games in 2022, was impressive as a pinch runner when manager Yeom Kyung-yeop took over, and played full-time in the first division. Beyond serving as a pinch runner, he performed well in offense and defense and took the main second baseman.
Shin had a batting average of 277 (78 hits in 282 at-bats) with 28 RBIs, 47 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases in 122 games. Due to an injury at the end of the season, he was defeated by Doosan Bears’ Jung Soo-bin (39) in the competition for stolen bases, and his title fell through.
LG, which won the title this year, is considered the strongest team in next year as well. The starting lineup of “all-hundreds of millions of dollars of annual salary” that will continue as the starting lineup this year is considered the best in the league. They are four FA players (Park Hae-min, Kim Hyun-soo, Oh Ji-hwan, Park Dong-won), four non-FA players, and one foreign hitter. Moon Bo-kyung, Moon Sung-joo, and Shin Min-jae, who are among the younger generations, have become solid starting pitchers, and they are in good harmony.
This year, both KT and SSG earned more than 100 million won (approx. However, it was hard to say that they displayed the best of their abilities. KT’s infielders were Park Byung-ho, Park Kyung-soo, Kim Sang-soo and Hwang Jae-gyun, who were in their late 30s. They had weaknesses in physical and minor injuries. And as designated hitter Kang Baek-ho could not play in many games due to injury and psychological problems, Moon Sang-cheol (56 million won per year) served as the designated hitter.
After first baseman Oh Tae-gon (annual salary of 100 million won), all of SSG’s key players were paid hundreds of millions of dollars in annual salary. However, catcher Kim Min-sik, Oh Tae-gon, second baseman Choi Joo-hwan, shortstop Park Sung-han, and center fielder Jihoon Choi were weak in offense. After the season, he released Choi Joo-hwan from the protected player and transferred to Kiwoom in the second draft.
Doosan’s outfielder Cho Ha-haeng (78 million won per year) was not an annual salary of 100 million won. Kiwoom, Hanwha, NC, Lotte, Samsung, and KIA had at least two players in their starting lineup who were paid less than 100 million won per year.
LG’s starting lineup will all be paid billions of dollars, but it is not expected to be able to laugh under the salary cap system.
KBO has introduced salary cap system from 2023 for upward leveling of league power and continuous development. Between 2021 and 2022, salary cap cap of 11.4 billion won (10.24 million U.S. dollars), or 120 percent of the annual average of 10 teams, including the top 40 players per year excluding foreign and rookie players, plus annual salary, option actual payment, and FA annual average down payment, has been determined. The cap will be maintained for three years from 2023 to 2025. Afterwards, the ceiling will be discussed again in consideration of inflation.
On the 20th, KBO announced the total amount of the top 40 annual salaries for each club in 2023, which will be applied to salary caps. No team exceeded the upper limit of salary caps. However, five teams have exhausted more than 95% of their salary caps. Doosan recorded the highest amount among the 10 teams with 11.18 billion won. SSG ranked second with 10.84647 billion won and LG with 10.797.5 billion won.
LG sold out about 95 percent of its salary cap this year, with 628.88 million won remaining. It is highly likely that the cap will exceed the ceiling next year.
LG announced Thursday the FA contract between Oh Ji-hwan and Lim Chan-kyu. Oh signed a second six-year contract worth up to 12.4 billion won (down payment of 5 billion won, annual salary of 5 billion won, option of 2.4 billion won). With Oh’s new contract, Oh’s annual salary plus annual average down payment will increase by at least 400 to 500 million won next year.
Lim signed a four-year contract worth up to 5 billion won (600 million won down payment, 2 billion won in total annual salary, 2.4 billion won in option). Lim’s annual salary was 170 million won (170 million won) this year. At least 600 million won to 800 million won will be added, including annual salary, annual average down payment and options.
Some high-salary players have left their teams due to release, trade and other reasons, but there are salary increases for those who are eligible to renew their contracts as they win the combined championship. They also have contracts with FA players Ham Deok-ju and Kim Min-sung. Regarding the ceiling of salary cap, Cha Myung-seok, the team’s general manager, said, “It is best not to exceed salary cap. However, we have no choice but to put in a good performance because of salary cap. After five years in the post season, we won the championship in the end. If we hand over the salary cap, we have no choice but to hand it over. We are preparing not to let it pass for the second time in a row.”