Bears to get Lee Hyung-bum as compensation for YangThe Doosan Bears announced NC Dinos pitcher Lee Hyung-bum as their compensation player on Tuesday.
After graduating from Hwasun Elementary, Middle and High School, Lee was drafted by the Dinos in 2012.
After playing in two games for the Dinos with a 7.71 ERA in the 2013 season, Lee joined the Korean Police Baseball Team for the next two seasons to fulfill his military service.
Once Lee returned to the Dinos in 2017, he had the best season of his career, picking up a win and two losses with a 3.07 ERA in 14 games.
Throughout his three seasons in the KBO, Lee picked up two wins and three losses with a 5.17 ERA.
“Although he’s still young, he has stable control in his pitches and is consistent,” said the Bears. “So we expect him to help the starting rotation and in long relief.”
The Bears were able to request Lee as their compensation player after the Dinos’ free agent signing with catcher Yang Eui-ji on Dec. 11.
The Dinos signed a four-year contract with Yang at 12.5 billion won ($11.1 million).
Yang’s contract with the Dinos allowed him to become the second-highest free agent player in the KBO history, after Lee Dae-ho of the Lotte Giants, and the highest-paid catcher.
A club that signs a free agent must pay the player’s previous club compensation where they either pay twice the amount of the player’s 2018 salary and send a player not on the protected list, or pay the previous club three times the amount of the player’s 2018 salary.
Last season, Yang’s annual income with the Bears was 600 million won. Due to this, the Dinos had to pay the Bears 1.2 billion won as part of the compensation deal.
By Kang Yoo-rim