NC, the 9th club founded in 2011, does not have a long history compared to the 40 years that have passed since the launch of the KBO League.
Nevertheless, he first entered the first team in 2013 and grew rapidly, and in 2020 he even achieved the feat of winning the championship. He did not hesitate to actively recruit external resources such as Yang Eui-ji through a free agent (FA) contract.
NC, which was like this, set out to protect the franchise star in this year’s Stove League.
NC announced on the 17th, “On the 16th, we signed a non-FA multi-year contract with left-handed pitcher Koo Chang-mo.”
Koo Chang-mo had to fill three more seasons before obtaining FA qualification, but NC prevented a power leak with a long-term contract early.
The club said, “This was done for the purpose of preemptively securing key selection resources, motivating players, stabilizing the starting pitching staff, and implementing a mid- to long-term plan to organize the squad.” The contract is the first case in the KBO League, and the long-term contract was able to bear fruit as the club and the player wished to stay together for a long time.”
The terms of the contract are divided into two depending on when Gu Chang-mo acquires free agency (FA) qualifications. If Koo Chang-mo fills 145 days of registration in 2023 and 2024 each and adds 35 international competition reward points, he will qualify as a free agent after the 2024 season.
First, if Gu Chang-mo obtains FA qualification after the end of the 2024 season, NC will give a total of 12.5 billion won, including an annual salary of 9 billion won and incentives of 3.5 billion won, for a six-year contract period from 2023. If Gu Chang-mo does not qualify for FA after the end of the 2024 season, NC will give a maximum of 13.2 billion won, 안전놀이터 including a guaranteed annual salary of 8.8 billion won, incentives and execution of the 7th year contract for a contract period of 6+1 years from 2023. In the case of military service, a clause extending the contract period by the length of service was also included in the contract.
Koo Chang-mo is the pitcher that represents the team. Koo Chang-mo, who entered NC with the 3rd pick in the 2nd 1st round in the 2015 rookie draft, won 10 wins as the club’s first left-handed starting pitcher in 2019, and in 2020, 9 wins, undefeated, ERA of 1.74, and the team’s combined victory. and earned the title of ‘Ace’. This season, after a long rehabilitation, he returned and showed excellent results of 11 wins, 5 losses and an average ERA of 2.10 in 19 games. NC’s clear core player is revealed to have an intention not to be taken away.
Lim Seon-nam, NC general manager, said, “I am happy to promise to accompany Gu Chang-mo, our franchise player and the league’s leading left-handed starting pitcher, for up to 7 seasons.” I didn’t want to leave room,” he said.
Previously, NC had also signed a long-term free agency contract with another franchise star, Park Min-woo. On the 23rd of last month, an agreement was reached with Park Min-woo for a contract period of 8 years (5+3 years) until 2030, up to 14 billion won.
It was the result of a combination of Park Min-woo’s will to “want to retire from NC” and the club’s will to share the player’s heyday. Park Min-woo is one of the founding members nominated by NC in the 2012 rookie draft.
In particular, Gu Chang-mo and Park Min-woo are close friends. Park Min-woo, born in 1993, has maintained a close relationship as a four-year senior to Gu Chang-mo, born in 1997. Koo Chang-mo expressed his wish, saying, “I hope FA players remain,” and Park Min-woo also said, “I must be next to Chang-mo.”
NC missed out on a star player representing the team as Na Seong-beom, who obtained FA status last year, moved to KIA.
Even this year, NC, which declared FA qualification with 7 players, could not avoid internal power leakage. In this process, the early members Won Jong-hyun and Noh Jin-hyuk said goodbye. Here, Yang Eui-ji, who was the ‘biggest word’ in the Stove League, was missed.
And NC left Park Min-woo and even put Chang-mo Koo on a non-FA long-term contract. NC, which just passed 10 years of history, prepared for the future with long-term contracts.
Koo Chang-mo said, “I didn’t even think of a multi-year contract, but I am grateful to the club for suggesting it first. Watching Minwoo-hyung sign a long-term free agency contract, I also had a dream of becoming a NC franchise player, and I am so happy that I am closer to that dream with this contract. As much as he signed a good contract, he will take responsibility and take good care of his seniors and juniors both inside and outside the baseball field, thereby becoming a greater addition to the team and proving that the club’s choice is not wrong.”