A year from now, the KBO League may let go of its best hitter and closer at the same time.
Lee Jeong-hoo (24, Kiwoom) agreed to post next year with the Kiwoom club on the 19th, and Ko Woo-seok (24, LG) also recently revealed his willingness to go overseas to the LG club for the first time. If Lee Jung-hoo is currently the best hitter in the KBO league, Ko Woo-seok is the best closer in the league. He is building a career that is enough to dream of going abroad.
Lee Jung-hoo showed his will early on to try to advance to the major leagues when the time comes. Since Kiwoom is always active in major league postings of its players, Lee Jung-hoo’s challenge was an established fact.
Go Woo-seok is a little different. He had the will to go abroad like any other player, but he never officially announced it. However, with a short conversation between the club and the agency recently, the willingness to go abroad was actually confirmed for the first time.
At the end of last month, when Cha Myung-seok, general manager of LG, asked if he was willing to accept a multi-year contract, the agency responded that it was difficult to talk about a multi-year contract at this point, conveying Woo-seok Ko’s desire to challenge overseas expansion. It was not a formal negotiation that exchanged conditions, but a short conversation of about a minute, and Ko Woo-seok’s side conveyed to the club its intention to go abroad very early, but clearly.
Go Woo-seok’s side is looking at the back of next year’s season at the earliest. If so, the consent of the LG club is unconditionally required.
Go Woo-seok and Lee Jung-hoo are the same. However, it is a little different when calculating qualifications for overseas expansion. When both of them finish next year’s season, they will fill the ‘Season 7’ qualification to advance overseas through posting or team consent. Lee Jung-hoo can become a free agent (FA) immediately after next season if the number of registration days added as a member of the national team is added. There is no way he won’t be selected for the WBC national team, so free agents are possible, but Lee Jung-hoo has even received consent from the club to post.
On the other hand, Go Woo-seok is short of registration days through the national team. If you want to go abroad after next season, you need LG’s consent unconditionally.
If you want to go to free agency, you can challenge after playing for LG for two more years until 2024. While Lee Jung-hoo is only focusing on the major leagues, Go Woo-seok is also looking at Japan. In the case of advancing to Japan, not major league posting, as in the case of Oh Seung-hwan in the past, you can go after filling up the 7 years until next year with the consent of the club.
Nevertheless, after the next season, Ko Woo-seok’s challenge to advance abroad seems quite likely. This is because LG, which has confirmed its willingness to challenge, is looking at it with a relatively open mind. LG has not produced any young major league players so far. Given that Ko Woo-seok is the core of the core of the power right now, whether LG will be able to solve the winning han next year is a variable, but the atmosphere is that it is open for now in a grand victory. 메이저놀이터
Director Cha Myung-seok said, “It is not yet time to say yes or no. However, it has been a long time since the opinion that our team should have young players grow and advance overseas and grow up. First of all, at the moment (because he is an important player), there is no unconditional opposition.”
Go Woo-seok is getting married on January 6 next year. After about 15 days, he becomes Lee Jeong-hu’s brother-in-law. You may see the rare appearance of a brother-in-law and a brother-in-law going abroad at the same time, perhaps going to the major leagues together. It’s not like a dream.