Choi Won-tae’s Big Deal has an impact… KIA Kim Tae-gun and Samsung Ryu Ji-hyeok win-win for 10 years? The last condition is ‘required’

The 2023 trade deadline has passed, and 10 clubs virtually receive report cards in the fall with this power. A total of 9 trades were made right after the 2022 Korean Series. Out of the 9 cases, the impact is by far the evaluation that Choi Won-tae (LG) Big Deal is the best. The number of wins for LG to win the Korean Series. It attracted a lot of attention in that it was a major league trade.먹튀검증

This trade is an unconditional success for LG as long as they win the Korean Series once. On the other hand, the success or failure of Lee Joo-hyung and Kim Dong-gyu, who have been received by Kiwoom, and the first round of the 2024 rookie draft should be viewed with a long breath. Kiwoom’s unique nurturing ability is put to the test once again.

▲ 2023 season KBO league trade log
November 10 (2022) KIA infielder Byun Woo-hyuk/Hanwha pitcher Han Seung-hyuk, pitcher Jang Ji-soo
November 11 (2022) KIA catcher Joo Hyo-sang/Kiwoom rookie nomination 2R
February 14 Hanwha outfielder Lee Myung-ki ( Free agent signing & trade), catcher Lee Jae-yong/NC infielder Cho Hyun-jin, rookie naming 7R
April 27 Kiwoom infielder Lee Won-seok, rookie naming 3R/Samsung Kim Tae-hoon
May 19 KT infielder Lee Ho-yeon/Lotte pitcher Shim Jae-
min May 25 SSG infielder Kang Jin-seong/Doosan Pitcher Kim Jeong-woo
July 5 KIA Catcher Kim Tae-gun/Samsung Infielder Ryu Ji-hyeok
July 18 LG Outfielder Choi Seung-min/NC Pitcher Chae Ji-sun
July 29 LG Pitcher Choi Won-tae/Kiwoom Outfielder Lee Joo-hyeong, Pitcher Kim Dong-gyu, Rookie of the Year 1R

In all nine cases, the clubs concluded the deal with the expectation of a win-win. However, there are not too many cases where the parties exert a certain level of influence this season, except for the Kiwoom foot trade with the new nomination right. There are cases where I am playing as the main axis but I can’t get results.

In that respect, the Kim Tae-goon-Ryu Ji-hyeok trade catches my eye. This is because it exerts a good influence on KIA and Samsung, regardless of grades immediately after transfer. KIA completely solved the catcher’s concerns, and Samsung also filled up the lack of clutch ability and depth through an infielder who is both offensive and defensive.

Kim Tae-goon’s batting average is 0.156, 2 RBIs and 1 run in the second half, and his hitting is on the decline. However, it has already contributed greatly to KIA’s July average ERA (2.87), and has contributed to raising a team that fell to 9th to 6th. He got up to speed with his pitchers in a short period of time, and he no longer allows free advances by blocking or catching misses.

Ryu Ji-hyeok was in a batting slump even at the end of his KIA days. Even after moving to Samsung, his flow did not change. As soon as Kim Tae-gun transferred to KIA, it was a different story from the bat blowing fire. However, Ryu Ji-hyeok flew with a batting average of 0.341, 1 home run, 11 RBIs and 10 points in the last 10 games. He fills the void left by Oh Jae-il to perfection.

Immediately after the transfer, the two teams had a confrontation going back and forth between Gwangju and Pohang. They showed that they were getting closer to a win-win trade by filling in each other’s shortcomings. KIA drives the momentum and advances to the top 5, and even if Samsung cannot go to the postseason, it will be a success if it improves its constitution through Ryu Ji-hyeok.

In order to confirm a win-win in the long term, the terms of the contract are also important. Kim Tae-gun is a free agent after this season, and Ryu Ji-hyeok is also a free agent after the 2024 season. KIA is already negotiating a non-FA multi-year contract with Kim Tae-gun’s agency. If Kim Tae-gun is missed, the catcher’s worries will return to the starting point, so the plan is to catch him if possible before sending him to the free agent market.

Samsung also has no reason not to stay with Ryu Ji-hyeok for a long time, as long as it has been confirmed that he is both an offensive and defensive player and has a good influence on the team chemistry. Born in 1994, he is a 29-year-old infielder who entered his prime. There is no doubt that he will be a very popular resource once he enters the free agency market. In fact, Samsung, which has priority, needs to come up with a good exit strategy.

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