A tense tug-of-war ensued.
KBO received an application for salary adjustment in 2023 by 6:00 pm on the 10th. Following last year, no player submitted an application for salary adjustment this year. The year the last salary adjustment application came out is 2021. The last case was when KT Wiz right-handed pitcher Ju Kwon (28) won after applying for an annual salary adjustment.
A tense battle between clubs and players every winter. After the agent era opened, salary negotiations between clubs and players became more intense. Just because there is no application for salary adjustment does not mean that the salary negotiations between the club and the players for that year are smooth.
Until the 10th, the team that has been on the thinnest ice in salary negotiations is by far the Kiwoom Heroes. After finishing third in the pennant race last year, Kiwoom advanced to the Korean Series in the postseason and finished runner-up. In the process of confirming ‘Fall Baseball’, the contributions of the main players were obviously considerable. However, it is known that few players reached an amicable agreement at the salary negotiation table this year. Core hitter Lee Jeong-hoo (25) received a certain treatment by winning the pennant race MVP and hitting king for two consecutive years, but rumors say that other key players are in considerable pain. 메이저놀이터
Lee Jung-hoo has already easily surpassed the record for the highest annual salary in his 7th year. The highest annual salary in the 7th year of the KBO League is 550 million won that Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) received from Kiwoom in 2020, but an official announcement has not yet been made, but Lee Jung-hoo has stamped an annual salary of over 1 billion won this year. For the first time since his debut in 2017, his annual salary has exceeded 1 billion won.
The problem is the other key players in pitching. An official in the baseball world said on the 10th, “Kiwoom could have had many applicants for salary adjustment. Until the afternoon of the 10th, there was little progress in negotiations with some of the key players.”
In fact, it is known that some of Kiwoom’s key players were contemplating whether or not to apply for an annual salary adjustment this year even right before the deadline on the 10th. There are also players who have not signed yet. It was 2022, when it achieved good results with its ‘previous’ move, but the process of being rewarded for that performance seems never easy. The wind that blows at the salary negotiation table of the heroes is fierce.