Most teams still negotiating salary with their players, ‘Stone Buddha’ Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung Lions) entrusted the club with a salary contract for the 2023 season.
On the afternoon of the 11th, the Samsung club said, “As the team’s oldest player, Oh Seung-hwan will not only fulfill his responsibility for the team’s performance that did not advance to the postseason, but will also entrust his salary for 2023 with the meaning of a white uniform for the individual and team rebound this season.” I have conveyed my intentions to the club,” he said. On the 10th, Oh Seung-hwan departed early for Okinawa, where he was trained by the club, and started preparing for the season.
Oh Seung-hwan, a decision with a reason, left to the club It is
the ‘season of negotiations’. There are quite a few players who have to sit at the negotiating table even if they are not free agents. In order to negotiate the salary for the new season, we have to have a deep conversation with the club, and in this meeting, both sides will share their thoughts. Some people go through contracts in a flash, but this is not the case for everyone.
In particular, if there is a large difference in opinion, it will take a considerable amount of time to narrow the gap. If you don’t back down and don’t have the heart to make concessions, you have no choice but to do it.
However, Oh Seung-hwan, one of the pitchers representing the KBO League, decided to follow the club’s intention without further tug-of-war. It’s rare. If so, why did you make such a decision?
Last year, Oh Seung-hwan recorded 3.32 ERA in 57 regular season games, 57 innings, 6 wins, 2 losses, 2 holds, and 31 saves, achieving 30 saves for the second consecutive year. However, he left the league’s most blown saves (7), and the detailed indicators, such as the hit rate (0.245 in 2021 → 0.263 in 2022), compared to the 2021 season, showed that it was worse.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that July was a ‘nightmarish time’. With an average ERA of 12.79 in 7 games, 6⅓ innings, 2 losses, it was decisive that he lost in the end after hitting a back-to-back home run to Bae Jung-dae-Anthony Alford in an away game against kt Wiz on July 12th. Neither Tim nor Seung-hwan Oh escaped the shock for a while.
It was difficult for the team to offer better conditions to Oh Seung-hwan, even if he was a veteran pitcher representing the team. Oh Seung-hwan, who will become a free agent (FA) at the end of the 2023 season, also needed motivation. Oh Seung-hwan’s annual salary last season was 1.6 billion won.
There is no annual salary adjustment, but ‘labor’ still continues
Oh Seung-hwan’s individual grades are also grades, but the ‘salary cap’ was also one of the areas to consider. This is a concern not only for Samsung but also for many teams, and players who account for a large portion of the salary cap or have different opinions on the reflection of annual salary evaluations are bound to have their contracts delayed.
Until 6:00 pm on the 10th, there was not a single application for salary adjustment submitted to the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). This means that for the second year in a row, all contracts subject to salary negotiations and teams will end the contract by agreement between the club and the players without the judgment of the mediation committee. 토토사이트
On the surface, this is fortunate, but that does not mean that salary negotiations are over. As the salary negotiation situation for each team is slightly different, it is expected that it will take quite a while for all 10 clubs to conclude salary negotiations.
Alternatively, there may be players who declare ‘blank’. It is a card that players like Oh Seung-hwan, whose performance was not good compared to the previous year, can think of. Although it can alleviate the club’s concerns, players need to make a decision as much as they have to give up their greed.