Trade discussions between Samsung and KIA have been suspended.
KIA needs a starting catcher and Samsung needs a starting bullpen. The card didn’t fit. This is because KIA is in a situation where there is not enough room in the bullpen to give up a winning group.
The withdrawal mood is felt by both teams.
KIA declared, “There is no catcher trade.” Samsung also emphasizes that “there are many advantages to the 3 catcher system”.
It is a move to calm the atmosphere of the players who have been disturbed by the open trade discussion. It is a message that catchers such as KIA Han Seung-taek and Joo Hyo-sang, who are dreaming of starting after Park Dong-won’s departure, prepare with hope during the inactive period. Samsung, too, is not good if the state of mind is not known which of the three catchers will leave the team for a long time.
If the weakness is obvious, but the card doesn’t match and the transaction doesn’t work, there is only one way, the ‘inner strength’, which raises and uses the player with the ability.
However, it is not easy given the nature of the position. It takes a lot of time, experience, and hard work to complete a catcher who will stably manage a season. This is why the FA catcher market was unusually hot this winter despite the salary cap restrictions.
In particular, in the case of a team with a high ranking goal like KIA, the need for a stable main catcher is self-explanatory. As the trade failed, Han Seung-taek and Joo Hyo-sang need to settle down quickly.
It’s not as easy as a catcher, but it’s not easy to raise a bullpen pitcher. Samsung has been working hard to discover young bullpens who will lead after 메이저놀이터 veterans Oh Seung-hwan and Woo Kyu-min. However, he has not yet completed a player who can perfectly replace the presence of his seniors.
In order to become a pitcher who can overcome the pressure of a tight situation at the end of a game, you must have a lot of situation experience, a lot of guts, and faith in your control and pitching. It takes so much time.
Samsung still has a corner to believe. If you persevere well in the beginning of the season, thousands of troops will come back.
They are Choi Chae-heung (27) and Choi Ji-kwang (24) who are serving in the military at Sangmu.
The two players started their military service in mid-December of last year. A Samsung official predicted, “A return is possible at the end of June. As much as I came back from Sangmu, I will be able to add strength to the mound.”
Choi Chae-heung played 55⅓ innings in 10 Futures League games this season and played an untouchable performance with an average ERA of 1.79 with 7 wins and no losses. Although he is a starting agent, he is an all-weather left-handed pitcher who can also be used in the bullpen depending on the situation. If Choi Chae-heung returns as a starter, the 5th starter may move naturally to the bullpen.
Choi Ji-kwang, who was in the winning group before enlisting, recorded 3 wins, 0 losses, 4 saves, 8 holds, and an average ERA of 3.58 in 31 games this season in Sangmu. The return of the fast-throwing right-handed fireballer is expected to be a huge challenge to Samsung’s bullpen.