Professional baseball Doosan Bears and veteran shortstop Kim Jae-ho (39) are sluggish in salary negotiations. With the last quenching of off-season training starting, Doosan’s infield defense in the new season is likely to falter as the agreement is delayed.월카지노도메인
According to the Doosan Bears on Sunday, the Korean team has yet to reach an agreement with infielder Kim Jae-ho on his salary for this season. Kim Jae-ho, who became a free agent ahead of the 2021 season and stayed on the team with 2.5 billion won (2.3 million U.S. dollars) for three years, has expired last year, and has been named one of the candidates for the negotiations. After completing the negotiations, Kim is expected to join the off-season training for the Miyakojima Futures League (second division) players in Japan. “We plan to hold another negotiation table this week. We are narrowing the gap between the two sides due to differences in the amount they offer,” a Doosan source said.
Kim Jae-ho, nicknamed “genius shortstop” during his heyday, is a “one-club man” who only played for Doosan since his debut in 2004. As Kim struggled with a batting average of 0.167 in the first 10 games of last season, Doosan sent him to the second division and hired young players such as Lee Yoo-chan (26) and Ahn Jae-seok (22). However, substitutes called Kim Jae-ho back as he displayed unstable performance. Kim Jae-ho sent a signal of revival with a batting average of 0.325 in 17 games in June last year. In August as a built-in second batter, he was selected as a candidate for the Player of the Month with a batting average of 0.435. Although his batting performance slowed down in the second half of the year, he showed off his veteran performance by scoring three points and two hits from four times at bat in the wild card match against the NC Dinos.
Another alternative is Park Joon-young. Ahead of the last season, Park moved to NC as an FA compensator for catcher Park Se-hyeok. He had been drawing attention for his outstanding defense and slugging since July last year, but failed to maintain the batting average, finishing the season with a batting average of 0.228 with 29 hits and four homers in 51 games. If he is to replace Kim Jae-ho with a batting average of 0.283 in 91 games, he will have to grow steeply.