“Of the 3.8 billion, 1.9 billion is not even guaranteed.” Why did he express confidence that “it’s possible?”

January 13, 2024 | by

LG Twins left-hander bullpen Ham Deok-ju (29) showed confidence in nearly half of the incentives.

Ham Deok-ju has become a free agent for the first time since the end of the 2023 season. He also signed a four-year contract with LG on April 24 worth 3.8 billion won (down payment of 600 million won, annual salary of 1.4 billion won and incentive of 1.8 billion won) 헤라카지노주소.

Ham Deok-ju joined Doosan Bears in 2013 and wore the LG Twins uniform through a trade in 2021. At the time, LG made a 2:2 trade to send infielder Yang Seok-hwan and pitcher Nam-ho to Doosan, instead of receiving Ham Deok-ju and right-hander Chae Ji-sun from Doosan, the “next door.”

Since then, Ham has had difficulties due to injuries in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Then, he contributed significantly to his team in the 2023 season. He pitched in 57 games with four wins, four saves, 16 holds, and an ERA of 1.62 in 55 ⅔ innings. In addition, he pitched in four games, and posted one win and an ERA of 2.70 in three ⅓ innings, contributing to his overall win in the Korean Series.

“I went to the spring camp for the first time as a member of LG ahead of the 2022 season. I had surgery at the time, and I wanted to throw well. But I think that’s why I overstretched myself and caused bad results until the regular season,” Ham said.

The 2023 season, however, was different. He slowly upped himself up. And this decision resulted in good results. “In 2023, I slowly upped my body to the point where I felt insecure about myself, and this worked,” Ham said. “I will continue to build up my body just in time for the opening of the regular season. Currently, I am not touching the ball. I am focusing on rehabilitation and weight training.”

When Ham Deok-ju’s contract was announced, the most notable part was incentives, or options. 1.8 billion won, which is a little less than half of the 3.8 billion won, was not guaranteed. In this regard, Ham Deok-ju said, “My performance was so good last year, but it’s an option that I can get even if I don’t have to do that. If I can throw it in the first division in good health, I can get enough. There is nothing much about grades,” he said, expressing confidence. In the end, he was confident in his physical condition that he knew better than anyone else.

Ham Deok-ju then said, “Incentives will motivate me,” and added, “It is true that there has been a constant risk of injury. It will be a motivation in eliminating that part. Just because you signed an FA contract with this kind of part, you can prepare for a season without being complacent. I was able to finish the contract with a good heart.”

Ham Deok-ju said, “I don’t worry about my injury at all. I played professionally for more than 10 years, and although I actually took a two-year break due to my injury, I have qualified as an FA. I don’t think he’s a player with an injury risk,” he said firmly.

With Ko Woo-suk moving to the Major League in the 2024 season, Yoo Young-chan will be the closing pitcher for LG. However, many variables occur during the season. Sometimes, experienced player Ham Deok-ju can play the role of closing pitcher. “That’s what the coach decides. I don’t have any regrets. If I thought I would change just because I was disappointed, I would have said I was disappointed,” he said, smiling, before renewing his commitment.


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