LG coach Ryu Ji-hyeon expressed his gratitude to Seo Geon-chang, who gave up his free agent (FA) rights and promised next year.
Director Ryu Ji-hyun recently sent a text message to Seo Geon-chang.
Seo Geon-chang was dropped from the list of FA approved players announced by the KBO secretariat on the 25th.
This year’s performance was also poor, and as the FA rating was upgraded from B to A regardless of intentions due to a transfer from Kiwoom Heroes to LG in the middle of the season, the desired contract was made strategically.
Director Ryu Ji-hyun expressed his gratitude to Seo Geon-chang, who was unable to exercise his rights even after he obtained his free agent qualification for the first time in 13 years as a professional, and thanked him for choosing to play with the LG uniform for one more year.
He also said that he would be able to achieve good grades by recovering his skills sufficiently.
Seo Geon-chang called coach Ryu and replied, “I will do my best to perform better next year.”
Seo Geon-chang is a hitter who hit 200 hits in the first single season of the KBO League in 2014 and hit 201.
With a career batting average of 0.303, he ranks 20th in this division.
But this year, his career batting average was only 0.253, five pennies lower.
After the trade, he was not able to contribute much to LG, and his pride was hurt.
Manager Ryu Ji-hyeon said, “I am confident that Seo Geon-chang can recover his skills next year, so he would have chosen his free agent luck. He is a good player who can make a comeback.
As Seo Geon-chang delayed the exercise of his FA rights, LG could breathe a sigh of relief and focus on negotiations with another internal FA Kim Hyun-soo.
LG also plans to review the recruitment of external FAs and monitor the market situation.
As his attack power has been hampered this season, he plans to focus on recruiting heavyweight hitters while observing the FA negotiations of competing teams.
(Photo = Yonhap News)