LG Twins’ Won-tae Choi’s salary should be raised, cut, or frozen.
After winning the regular season and Korean Series for the first time in 29 years, the LG Twins are still in a celebratory mood during the awards season. With players requesting interviews, Ko Woo-seok’s post in the Major Leagues, and contract issues with free agents Im Chan-kyu, Ham Deok-ju, and Kim Min-sung, LG is still at the center of the conversation in the winter.
There are many factors that could lead to a salary increase as the players performed well. However, one of the LG players whose salary for next season is most curious is Choi Won-tae.
The former Kiwoom Heroes domestic ace moved to LG during the season. In order to acquire Choi, LG gave up military-trained hitting prospect Lee Ju-hyung, second-year high school pitcher Kim Dong-gyu, and a first-round pick in the 2024 rookie draft. At the time, LG’s domestic starters were underperforming, so the championship-minded team needed to bring in an ace domestic starter even if it meant “bleeding into the future,” and Kiwoom, whose performance had already dropped, gave up Choi Won-tae in exchange for the prospects.
Before the trade, Choi’s record was 17 games, 102⅓ innings pitched, 6-4 with a 3.25 ERA. On July 29, 먹튀검증 the day of the trade, Choi was tied for 14th in wins, 10th in ERA, and 11th in innings pitched. Among Korean pitchers, he was fifth in wins, fourth in ERA, and fourth in innings pitched.
However, his performance since coming to LG has not been good.
The day after the trade, he started a game against Doosan and pitched six innings of two-hit ball to earn the win, signaling the success of the trade, but he hasn’t pitched well since. His second quality start came on September 24, when he allowed one run on six hits in seven innings against Hanwha in Jamsil. His final start of the regular season came on September 30, when he gave up two runs on five hits in 4⅔ innings against Doosan in Jamsil. After LG clinched the regular season title, Choi quickly began preparing for the Korean Series.
With foreign pitcher Adam Plutko unable to pitch in the Korean Series due to a pelvic bone bruise, Choi was selected to start Game 2. After more than a month of preparation, Choi took the mound in Game 2 but was unable to overcome the pressure of the Game 1 loss. He struggled with his pitches, recording only one out and giving up two hits and two walks. The first four runs of the game put the team in danger of losing, but the pitchers who came on after Won-tae kept the game scoreless and the batters fought hard, and Park Dong-won’s two-run homer gave the team a 5-4 victory.
Choi Won-tae pitched the ninth inning in Game 4, but was still shaky as he gave up one run on two walks. LG won four straight games after losing Game 1 to take the top spot in the Korean Series, but Choi Won-tae’s struggles were a sore spot.
Now it’s salary negotiation season.
Won-tae Choi’s record this season is 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 26 appearances. Since coming to LG, he has appeared in nine games, going 3-3 with a 6.70 ERA. Won-tae Choi’s salary this year is 350 million won.
His overall numbers aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible either. His performance at LG is definitely not up to par. However, his salary is not based solely on his performance. Choi has seven years of free agency left before this season. If he finishes next year healthy, he will become a free agent. Depending on his salary, his free agency classification could change. Choi plays well next season and becomes a key player in a back-to-back championship, 온라인카지노 his price tag could skyrocket. If LG doesn’t get him, the team that does will be able to tie up the compensatory player depending on Choi’s FA class. If he’s a Class A, they can only tie up 20 players, while a Class B team can designate 25 players for protection.
I wonder how Won-Tae Choi’s salary will end up.