“Good news” that was not heard even in the third meeting of “60 innings, 20SV”… “Discussions for consensus”

January 20, 2024 | by

“First of all, there was a lot of discussion.”

Doosan Bears and FA Hong Gun-hee (31) met for the third time on the 18th.

Hong Gun-hee, who joined the KIA Tigers as the ninth overall pick in the second round of the rookie draft in 2011, became an FA after last season.

It was worth enough as a pitcher. He can throw fast balls at 150 kilometers per hour. He made a turning point with his trade, which was a bit disappointing with his control.

He transferred to Doosan Bears in June 2020 in a one-on-one trade with Ryu. At the time, manager Kim Tae-hyung and other pitchers advised him to throw the ball confidently rather than being obsessed with pitches.

He gained confidence and was able to control the ball at the same time. He pitched in 60 games and 60 innings since his first year as a bullpen pitcher for Doosan Bears.

In 2021, he left a record of 6-6 in 74 ⅓ innings, three saves, and 17 holds with a 2.78 ERA in 65 games, and in 2022, he recorded 18 saves and nine holds in 62 innings in 58 games 라바카지노도메인.

Last year, Hong continued to pitch consistently. He was in charge of cracking down on Doosan’s back door with 22 saves and five holds with an ERA of 3.06 in 64 games (61 ⅔ innings). Although he struggled with four hits (one home run) against the NC Dinos in the postseason wild card game, he played as a solid bullpen agent, recording an ERA of 1.88 in 14 ⅓ innings in 14 games since September.

It was not just his performance. He led the pitching staff as the head of the pitching team for three consecutive years starting in 2021. Since he had long failed to settle down in the first division, he also served as a mentor to players in and out of the first and second divisions.

After the end of the season, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “It’s not easy to find a pitcher who can record more than 20 saves,” hoping that Hong Geon-hee will stay. In addition, even after the inauguration ceremony on the 15th, he said, “I think there will be good news. I think the club will do a good job.”

Hong Gun-hee is rated A as an FA. If a player of A grade is recruited, he or she is required to pay 300 percent of the previous year’s salary or 200 percent of the annual salary to his or her team and one player other than 20 protected players.

First of all, a total of three negotiations took place with Doosan. The first negotiation did not mean much. There was a huge difference in the amount of negotiation. Hong Geon-hee replaced his agent after the first negotiation.

The new agent and Doosan met over the years. The first negotiation table was set up on the 3rd. As it was the first negotiation of the new agent, it was conducted as an “exploration battle.”

About 15 days later, the meeting was held again. They exchanged opinions with each other in more detail than before. “We discussed how to sign a contract to reach an agreement,” a Doosan official said. The gap has narrowed since the beginning, but there is still a difference in the size of the contract.

A Doosan official said, “We will meet again next week to continue negotiations.”


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