Final free agent re-signs with original KBO club

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Final free agent re-signs with original KBO club

Veteran third baseman Kim Dong-joo, the last remaining free agent in the top local baseball league, re-signed with his original club yesterday.

The Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization said they have signed Kim to a three-year deal that will pay him 700 million won ($604,000) per season. The 35-year-old will also receive 500 million won in a signing bonus and 200 million won in incentives.

Kim has spent his entire 14-year career with the Seoul-based Bears.

“I am happy to remain with Doosan,” Kim said through the team. “I’d like to thank the club for recognizing my value. This will be the last contract of my career, and I will try my best to end it on a good note.”

Kim’s earlier negotiations with the Bears broke down last month, with Kim reportedly demanding a three-year deal and the team only willing to give him a two-year contract with a third year as a club option.

Kim sought to sign with another KBO team, but no one showed interest in the aging and brittle player. Kim returned to the table with Doosan on Dec. 23.

Kim was the last of the 17 free agents to ink a deal this offseason.

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