It is not a ‘1,000 won lawyer’, but a ‘100 million annual salary foreign hitter’.
From the farewell to the meeting, it happened in an instant. Kiwoom Heroes announced the recruitment of Ronnie Dawson, a new foreign hitter, less than 30 minutes after Edison Russell announced the waiver announcement ahead of the final match of the first half on the 13th. However, the annual salary is 85,000 dollars, and it is a cheap contract that barely exceeds 100 million won based on the exchange rate on the 13th.
Russell raised expectations with a performance different from three years ago, as he competed for the RBI title at the beginning of the season. However, he was greatly affected by the rushing month of April. In 21 games in April, he had a batting average of 0.342 and 24 RBIs, but in 28 games since May, he had a batting average of 0.255 and 18 RBIs. In addition, the hiatus due to his wrist injury was prolonged.
Kiwoom has remained at a team batting average of 0.259 (8th) and OPS 0.691 (8th) in 32 games since June. In the 11 games in July, where he only recorded 3 wins and 8 losses, his performance fell further with a batting average of 0.248 (9th) and an OPS of 0.627 (10th). In order to prevent the vacancy for foreign batters from extending further, they turned their attention to the independent league. Ian McKinney, a replacement for Eric Yorkish, also signed with Kiwoom after playing in the Atlantic League like Dawson.
Kiwoom explained the reason for replacing foreign batters, saying, “In order to rebound in the second half, it is necessary to increase scoring production through various attack routes, so we strategically replaced them.” It means that ‘multi-talented’ players were brought in to solve the problem of not being able to attack if Kim Hye-seong and Lee Jung-hoo were blocked. In fact, Russell was not in a state to boast of his athletic abilities.토토사이트 순위
Dawson was selected by the Houston Astros with the 61st overall pick in the second round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. However, he is now an independent leaguer. His last team before joining Kiwoom was the American Independent League Atlantic League Lexington Counter Clarks. He is said to be a failed player in the major leagues.
An annual salary of $85,000 is about 108 million won. He is a rare cheap contract even if he is a substitute player who only plays the second half. If you look at the whole year he played, he is only on the level of $ 200,000. Jerry Sands, who came on as a substitute in August 2018, received $100,000. Considering the remaining schedule, Dawson’s is much cheaper.
Still, Sands was a winning lottery ticket. He appeared in 25 games in 2018, hitting 0.314 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs, even winning his contract renewal. Kiwoom will hope that Dawson, a foreign hitter with an annual salary of 100 million, will explode like Sands.
Ko Hyeong-wook, general manager, said, “I hope Dawson will open up an attacking path in the second half. I hope he plays an active part in the offense, defense, and state and injects positive energy into the team. The club will spare no support so that it can adapt well to life in Korea.” . Dawson plans to join the team in time for the resignation Lotte match on the 21st, the first game of the second half after completing administrative procedures such as visa issuance.