Reduction is empathy. How much do you cut from 550 million won… Salary negotiations of unfamiliar ‘genius hitter’ 

 It is true that it is a cut. However, there is a difference of opinion on how much to cut.

It’s not long before the KT Wiz’s Arizona camp starts, but KT’s representative hitter Kang Baek-ho’s salary tug-of-war continues. They agreed with the club’s proposal for reductions, but showed differences in the extent of the reductions. Since joining in 2018, Kyukang Baekho has been on a winning streak with annual salary increases of hundreds of millions of won. After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2018, his annual salary jumped from 30 million won to 120 million won, the highest salary in the second year at the time. Kang Baek-ho’s annual salary, which rose to 210 million won in 2020 with a high batting average of 30 306 in 2019, was raised to 310 million won in 2021, the fourth year. And Kang Baek-ho, who led the team to the regular season-Korean Series combined championship with his great success that year, signed for 550 million won in salary negotiations in 2022. It was the highest salary in his 5th year, the same as Kiwoom Heroes Lee Jung-hoo. 안전놀이터

But last year it stalled. He suffered pre-season and mid-season injuries, and even after his return, he hasn’t been able to strike the sharp blows he used to. In all of his 62 appearances, he had a batting average of 2.4 5 Lee (58 hits in 237 at-bats), 6 home runs and 29 RBI. Kang Baek-ho is preparing thoroughly by losing weight for the revival of the 2023 season.

Since he is a player with a high salary, the reduction was expected. It has moved away from Lee Jung-hoo’s 750 million won, the highest annual salary in the sixth year. The question is how much to cut. Of course, the club is in a position to cut accordingly based on the high performance, and it is natural for the player to reduce the width. Na-Hyeon Na, general manager of KT, said, “We are still coordinating with each other.”

It is known that KT has several more uncontracted players, including Kang Baek-ho. KT has a principle of not participating in the camp unless the salary negotiations are finalized. Now, there are only a few days left. However, general manager Na was optimistic, saying, “We are still negotiating. I think we can sign a contract before leaving camp.”

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