The Hanwha Eagles, who stayed at the bottom for three consecutive years, started to move towards the ‘out of last place’.카지노사이트
On the 14th, Hanwha acquired veteran outfielder Lee Myung-ki through a sign-and-trade method.
Lee Myung-ki, who came out to the free agent (FA) market, signed a one-year, up to 100 million won (annual salary of 50 million won, option of 50 million won) contract with his original team, NC Dinos, and was traded to Hanwha. NC sent catcher Lee Jae-yong with Lee Myung-ki, and Hanwha gave infielder Cho Hyun-jin and the 7th round nomination for the 2024 rookie draft.
With Lee Myeong-gi joining the team, the outfield line, which has been regarded as Hanwha’s biggest weakness, has completely changed.
Hanwha previously recruited Chae Eun-seong for 9 billion won in the external free agent market.
Chae Eun-seong, who has been playing for the LG Twins ever since his professional debut, recorded a batting average of 0.297, 96 homers and 595 RBIs in 1006 games. He hit double-digit home runs for five consecutive years while using Jamsil Stadium, the widest in the KBO League, as his home.
Newly recruited foreign hitter Brian O’Grady is also an outfielder. Hanwha expects more than 20 homers from O’Grady, a power hitter.
Lee Myung-gi is a veteran who has played 1019 games in the KBO League. He compiled a career batting average of .307 with 28 home runs and 321 RBIs.
If O’Grady settles down in the KBO league and Chae Eun-seong and Lee Myung-gi show their skills, the Hanwha outfield can be the team’s strength.
Not just the outfield. Hanwha made up for the shortfall by recruiting pitcher Lee Tae-yang and infielder Oh Seon-jin in the free agent market this winter.
Lee Taeyang went back and forth between selection and relief at SSG Landers last year, recording an average ERA of 3.62 with 8 wins, 3 losses and 1 hold. Wearing the Samsung Lions uniform last year, Oh Seon-jin recorded a batting average of 0.276, 3 homers and 24 RBIs.
As much as he put a lot of effort into strengthening his power, he is also very motivated for ‘results’.
Hanwha has undergone a major rebuild over the past two years. He continued to give opportunities to young players and led them to grow.
The problem is the grades hovering around the bottom.
After falling to last place in 2020, they failed to leave the bottom of the leaderboard in 2021 and 2022.
Entering the 3rd year of rebuilding, this year we have to come up with different results.
Hanwha, which has been focusing on nurturing young players, hopes to maximize the rebuilding effect by seeking to strengthen its power through external recruitment.
Hanwha coach Carlos Subero emphasized, “In the meantime, we have been given the opportunity by the most young players in the league, but now is the time to prepare them to a competitive level in the league.”