The new year of 2023 has been bright, but there is no progress yet. Free agent (free agent) pitchers Han Hyeon-hee (30) and Jeong Chan-heon (33) have yet to find their destination.
Kiwoom Heroes actively began recruiting free agents ahead of the 2023 season. It recruited pitcher Won Jong-hyeon (2.5 billion won in 36 years and 4 years) and signed an external FA contract for the first time since 2011. Yasujin strengthened its strength by signing a free agent contract with Hyungjong Lee (2 billion won over 4 years) with Futures.
While moving little by little toward the next season, there is not much progress regarding the contracts of pitchers Han Hyun-hee and Jeong Chan-heon, who are internal free agents. Both pitchers have passed 2022 without contracts, and progress has been at a standstill as it has been a week since the year changed.
Han Hyun-hee and Jeong Chan-heon can take on both starting and bullpen positions, so they have a variety of uses. Han Hyun-hee recorded a total of 416 games, 65 wins, 43 losses, 105 holds, 8 saves, and an average ERA of 4.26 in 971⅓ innings. Jeong Chan-heon is a veteran pitcher who recorded 48 wins, 53 losses, 28 holds, 46 saves, and an average ERA of 4.80 in 742 innings in 389 games.
However, the market’s interest is cold. FA compensation regulations are a problem. When recruiting Han Hyeon-hee, a grade A, the club must pay 500 million won in compensation and free agent compensation in addition to 20 protected players to the original team Kiwoom. Jeong Chan-heon’s strength is weak, but he can’t escape the compensation regulations. In the B grade, Jeong Chan-heon has to pay 280 million won in compensation and compensation players in addition to 25 compensation players.
Last year, Han Hyun-hee 토토 (6 wins, 4 losses, 77⅔ innings average ERA of 4.75) and Jeong Chan-heon (5 wins, 6 losses, 87⅓ innings average ERA of 5.36) were sluggish, and they missed out on postseason entries such as the team’s playoffs and the Korean Series, which made it difficult to negotiate free agents. are experiencing
Kiwoom, the original team, is waiting for the entrance of Han Hyun-hee and Jung Chan-heon. It is the position of the club that you should listen to the story first.
Ko Hyeong-wook, general manager of Kiwoom Kiwoom, said, “After the agent system was created, they control it from the middle. Doesn’t the agent hold all the flow, such as what kind of conversations come and go with other clubs?” said.
Regarding the ‘sign & trade rumor’ that emerged from some parts, he dismissed it as “The club has never said such a thing (sign & trade theory). It’s just a rumor.”
Han Hyun-hee and Jung Chan-heon have not yet conveyed their intentions to the club. Kiwoom will receive their thoughts and act if necessary.
Even in the hopeful new year, the FA market is still full of chills. Attention is focused on the future of Han Hyun-hee and Jung Chan-heon.