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Late-blooming slugger re-signs with SK Wyverns

2017/12/07 18:17

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SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean outfielder Jung Eui-yoon re-signed with SK Wyverns on Thursday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club announced that Jung has inked a four-year deal worth up to 2.9 billion won (US$2.65 million). The 31-year-old, who became a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career, will receive a 500 million-won signing bonus and will make 300 million won in base salary. Jung could also make a maximum of 1.2 billion won in performance-based incentives.

Jung began his pro career with the LG Twins in 2005. After joining the Wyverns in July 2015 in a trade involving six players, Jung became a power hitter. For his last three seasons with the Wyverns, Jung batted .319 and collected 56 homers and 189 RBIs in 315 games.

In 2017, Jung batted a career-high .321 in 2017, though his power numbers plummeted -- from 27 homers and 100 RBIs in 2016 to 15 homers and 45 RBIs this year.

"I feel relieved to complete my contract," he said through the club. "I know what this club wants from me, so I'll work hard next season to meet those expectations."

   Jung was one of the three South Korean players that Major League Baseball (MLB) tendered status checks on last month. The other two players were Lotte Giants outfielder Son A-seop and Kia Tigers left-hander Yang Hyeon-jong.

This photo provided by the SK Wyverns on Dec. 7, 2017, shows baseball player Jung Eui-yoon (R) shaking hands with the club's general manager, Yeom Kyung-yup, after signing a new contract. (Yonhap) This photo provided by the SK Wyverns on Dec. 7, 2017, shows baseball player Jung Eui-yoon (R) shaking hands with the club's general manager, Yeom Kyung-yup, after signing a new contract. (Yonhap)

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