‘300 million → 500 million’ National catcher with a higher salary than the free agent contract, the first win over the 2nd FA ‘top priority’

Ji-young Lee (37) of Kiwoom Heroes is ahead of an important season.

Lee Ji-young had a satisfying season last year. In 137 games he batted 2.6 and 7 Lee (112 hits in 420) with 2 home runs and 37 RBIs for an OPS of .

Even in defense, he recorded 994⅔ of defensive innings, nearly twice as many as in 2021 (508⅔ innings). In the postseason, he became the starting catcher in the foreground and led Kiwoom to runner-up in the Korean Series.

Lee Ji-young had a lot of good news this year. As he was selected for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team, which was finally announced in early January, he was able to play for the national team for the first time after his professional debut, and his annual salary increased by 66.7% from 300 million won last season to 500 million won this season. 토토사이트

Lee Ji-young laughed and said, “I said it before, but I thought it would be good to enter only in the preliminary entry.” He is not the main player, so he will be out in the second half of the game, but I hope he will not be a nuisance to the team when he is in an important situation.”

This season is really important to Lee Ji-young. If he doesn’t have any problems after the season, he can get a second free agency. Therefore, participating in the WBC held before the season may be somewhat burdensome.

However, Lee Ji-young said, “Anyway, the tournament is held during the exhibition game. That’s why, with her body all built up, she trains for spring camp, plays practice matches, and moves on. She’s not worried about getting ready a little bit faster because of the WBC. I don’t think it will have a big impact,” he said confidently.

Lee Ji-young, who obtained free agent qualification after the end of the 2019 season and signed a three-year, total of 1.8 billion won with Kiwoom, performed outstandingly last season and received a higher salary than the free agent season. And the importance of this season ahead of his second free agent cannot be overemphasized.

Lee Ji-young said, “There are free agents, but I don’t think about them. I will do my best to do what I can. I want to focus on winning the team more than anything else. I experienced a lot of Korean Series wins at Samsung, but if I win at Kiwoom, where I am the main catcher, it will have a special meaning.” 

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