Two men who feel the FA market is cold.
Last summer, Kiwoom Heroes needed a starting pitcher after Han Hyun-hee and Ahn Woo-jin broke away due to a violation of quarantine rules, and the LG Twins were looking for a starting second baseman. As a result, on July 27, 2020, Seo Kun-chang (33) changed to an LG uniform through a trade, and Jung Chan-heon (32) transferred from LG to Kiwoom.
Seo Geon-chang was a B grade because he signed a contract with Kiwoom to lower his salary, but he was hit by a thunderbolt when he moved to LG and became an A grade. If the performance is extremely good, the clubs will aim for it regardless of the compensation grade, but in the 2020 season, Seo Kun-chang seemed to have a hard time dreaming of a FA jackpot with a batting average of . After much consideration, he chose free agency.
In 77 games this season, when he desperately needed a rebound, he recorded a batting average of 2.24 (49 hits in 247 at-bats) and an OPS of 0.605, down from last year. Seo Kun-chang, who had a career-low season, delayed free agency once again.
Last year, Jung Chan-heon filled the gap between Ahn Woo-jin and Han Hyun-hee and formed one of Kiwoom’s starting lines. He played in 11 games for Kiwoom, went 3-3 with an earned run average of 3.99, contributing to the team’s advance into fall baseball. 안전놀이터
This year, Jung Chan-heon expected to be active in the starting lineup like last season, but it was different. His earned run average exploded to 5.36 and he went 5-6 in 20 games. In the quality start (6 or more starting innings, 3 earned runs or less), it was difficult to expect the ability to digest innings as a starting pitcher in the 5th inning.
Jeong Chan-heon did not have good grades, but unlike Seo Geon-chang, he came out to the free agency market. While the market reaction was cold, no specific negotiations were conducted with Kiwoom, the original team. If you do something wrong, you are in danger of becoming a lost child.
Seo Kun-chang, who was traded last year, continues to postpone free agency, and Jeong Chan-heon is spending a cold winter in the free agency market. For the two men, the FA jackpot seems far away.