Kim Hyun-soo signs ￦11.5-billion deal to stay with LG Twins
Free agent outfielder Kim Hyun-soo has opted to stay with the LG Twins, signing a maximum six-year deal worth 11.5 billion won ($9.7 million) on Friday.
The Twins announced Friday that Kim has been signed to a four-plus-two deal, with 9 billion won for the initial four years — 4 billion won in guaranteed salary and a 5 billion won signing bonus — with the mutual option of an additional two years at 2.5 billion won.
Kim joined the Doosan Bears in 2006, playing for the Seoul club until the 2015 season. He made his major league debut the following year with the Baltimore Orioles, appearing in 95 games and picking up 92 hits with 36 RBIs and a six home runs for a .302 batting average.
Kim struggled the following season and was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in the middle of the season, finishing the year with a .231 batting average and only one home run.
He returned to the KBO in 2018, signing a four-year deal with the LG Twins. In 14 seasons in the KBO, Kim has a career .319 batting average with 1,943 hits, 1,169 RBIs and 212 home runs. He has taken the league batting title twice.
"I've received a lot of love from LG fans over the past four years and I'm grateful for that," Kim said. "I am happy to continue to wear the Twins stripes and thank my club and fans for their support. We will do our best to repay your support and live up to you expectations."
BY JIM BULLEY [email@example.com]