The non-FA multi-year contract that started with this season’s contract is moving to the key players of the team, not just the players ahead of free agency.
On the 17th, the NC Dinos signed a non-FA multi-year contract with left-handed pitcher Koo Chang-mo for a total of 12.5 billion won for 6 years or 13.2 billion won for 6+1 years.
I haven’t even solved the military problem yet, and I signed a long-term contract in advance even though I will become a free agent after the 2024 season at the earliest even if I get good grades in international competitions and fill up points.
NC said, “We also included a clause that extends the contract period by the corresponding period when enlisting in the military.”
Although he had frequent injuries and his best record was 11 wins this season, he is evaluated as having the ability to carry on the genealogy of the left-handed ace of the national team. If he is released as a free agent, there is a charm that will inevitably create a club that wants to sign as an ace.
Previously, the Lotte Giants also signed a non-FA multi-year contract with Park Se-woong, who was about to enlist in the military, for a total of 9 billion won for 5 years. Park Se-woong can solve the military problem by winning the gold medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou next year as a wild card.
Park Se-woong, who will become a free agent when the military problem is resolved and the next season goes well, Lotte offered a contract in advance to avoid losing the ace to another team.
The LG Twins are also pushing for a multi-year contract with veteran shortstop Oh Ji-hwan, who will become their second free agent after next season. If a shortstop who is currently the best shortstop in the KBO League and has even received the Golden Glove this year appears in the FA market, there is no guarantee that he will not be taken away like Kang-Nam Yoo or Eun-Sung Chae, so the strategy is to tie it up before it is released.
Even after last season, Moon Seung-won, Park Jong-hoon, Han Yu-seom (SSG Landers), and Koo Ja-wook (Samsung Lions) signed multi-year contracts ahead of free agency. If Park Jong-hoon and Koo Ja-wook of Hanyu Island, who obtained free agent qualifications this time, entered the market as free agents without signing multi-year contracts, it is highly likely that they would have signed contracts for a huge amount.
In this free agent market, the catcher Yang Eui-ji, Yu Gang-nam, Park Dong-won, and Park Se-hyuk, and the infielder side, such as Chae Eun-seong and Noh Jin-hyuk, were hot, but pitchers and outfielders were lukewarm. Even now, among pitchers and outfield free agents, there are players who have not been able to properly negotiate. It is largely due to the absence of S and A-class free agents such as Koo Ja-wook.
Players can touch a lot of money without waiting for the FA jackpot, and there is an advantage that they do not have to strain their bodies because of FA, so if there is no complaint about the team, there is a high possibility of accepting a multi-year contract. 스포츠토토
In this way, if each club binds the main players in the team to multi-year contracts, the free agent market can rather fade. If this happens, it is increasingly likely that only super-class players who want to advance overseas will reject multi-year contracts and aim for free agents. This situation means that the possibility of power reinforcement in the FA market is reduced. In the short term, it means that each team has no choice but to think about various ways to reinforce their strength, such as trade.