Attention is focusing on the salary of Lee Jeong-hoo (24, Kiwoom Heroes), who announced his intention to go abroad, for the 2023 season.
In Stove League, Lee Jung-hoo’s overseas expansion and salary are hot potatoes. On the 19th, Lee Jung-hoo met with Kiwoom and expressed his intention to go abroad. This is already foreseeable. At the awards ceremony, he indirectly mentioned that he would “consult with the club” regarding entering the major leagues.
Kiwoom said, “Lee Jung-hoo has shown his will to advance overseas. The club applauds Lee Jung-hoo’s challenge. When the work begins in early January, (Lee Jung-hoo’s way to advance overseas) will be decided through internal discussions.” After the season ends, it is likely to advance to the major leagues through the posting system.
For Lee Jung-hoo, who has announced that he will go abroad, what is right in front of his eyes is salary negotiations. Lee Jung-hoo, who won 5 batting crowns 안전놀이터 (batting average, most hits, RBIs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) and the league MVP, led the team to runner-up. A splendid career this season can be a sufficient basis for a salary increase.
This year, Lee Jung-hoo received 750 million won, the highest annual salary in the 6th year of the KBO League. The story that he can receive an annual salary of more than 1 billion won is coming out frequently.
What was the salary of the players in the previous season before going abroad from Kiwoom?
Kiwoom made all of Kang Jung-ho, Park Byung-ho, and Kim Ha-seong advance to the major leagues through the posting system. At that time, they received special treatment as the leading hitters within the team.
After the 2013 season, Kang signed a contract with an annual salary of 420 million won, up 40% from 300 million won. Park Byung-ho stamped at 700 million won, up 40% from 500 million won before the 2015 season. Ha-seong Kim signed for 550 million won, up 71.9% from 320 million won ahead of the 2020 season. At that time, he broke the record for the highest annual salary in his 7th year.
Looking at the previous example, it is expected that Lee Jung-hoo’s annual salary increase can be seen from a minimum of 40% to a maximum of 70% or more. For Lee Jung-hoo, who commanded the league, a salary increase was a natural step. A 40% increase on Lee Jung-hoo’s annual salary of 750 million won this year would be 1.05 billion won. It is expected that Kim Ha-seong will break the record for the highest annual salary in the 7th year.
Lee Jung-hoo, who has been reborn as the best hitter this season, is expected to sweep the annual salary following the KBO league.