In professional baseball, the proportion of foreign players’ strength is enormous. So, preparing for a new season every year, the part that the front of each club pays the most attention is the foreign player. The foreigner, who achieved excellent results last year, starts negotiating a contract renewal and if he decides to make a replacement, he struggles to catch a good player.
Now the results are almost out. With two days before the new year of 2022, the contract for foreign players in professional baseball has come to an end, with eight clubs excluding Doosan and KIA completing the formation of three players.
Doosan is negotiating a contract with ace Ariel Miranda (32), who has won two pitching titles this year by setting a new record for most strikeouts in a season, for a total of $1.9 million and will fill the other two positions. KIA has signed new foreign pitcher Ronnie Williams (25) and outfielder Socrates Britto (29) and is about to sign an additional contract.
Lotte completely changed foreign players. As pitcher Dan Straley, who was looking forward to a new contract, decided to return to the United States, everyone welcomed next year with a new face. Outsiders who will be active in Lotte next year include outfielder DJ Peters (26), left-handed pitcher Charlie Barnes (26), and right-handed Glenn Sparkman (29).
The foreign player who will receive the highest amount is Drew Ruchinski (33), a right-handed pitcher who wears the NC Dinos uniform for four consecutive years, and will receive up to $2 million in a down payment of $300,000, annual salary of $1.6 million, and incentives of $100,000. This compares with the sum of the maximum annual salary of three foreign players in Lotte is $2.09 million.
Samsung renews contracts with ace David Buchanan (32, total $1.7 million) and Hotajun José Pirella (32, $1.2 million), and new right-handed pitcher Albert Suarez (32) with a new foreign player cap of $1 million. Among the eight clubs that have completed the formation of foreigners, they spent $3.9 million, the most.
Still, many fans’ eyes are focused on well-known players who boast splendid careers among foreigners who are newly entering the KBO league. Yasiel Puig (31), who signed with Kiwoom as a representative player and former colleague of Ryu Hyun-jin. Interest is already paying attention to whether his temperament, called a wild horse, will lead to incidents and accidents or to run on the ground.
I am also curious about the performance of veteran right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova (34), who signed for $1 million with SSG while leaving a career of 90 wins and 77 losses in the American Major League (MLB) and a 4.38 ERA. Outfielder Henry Ramos (29, KT), infielder Rio Ruiz (27, LG), infielder Kevin Kron (28, SSG), and outfielder Mike Tuckman (31, Hanwha), who are making their debut in the KBO League, are also players who are expected to perform.
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