Jung Hoon signs three-year deal to stay at Lotte
Free agent Jung Hoon has opted to stay with the Lotte Giants, signing a three-year deal worth 1.8 billion won ($1.5 million) on Wednesday. Jung was the last free agent to sign a contract in the KBO this year, with all 14 players that opted to enter the market agreeing terms for next season.
Jung will earn 1.15 billion won in guaranteed salary over the three years, along with 150 million won in incentives and a 500 million won signing bonus.
Jung was drafted in 2006 by the Hyundai Unicorns, but didn't debut until 2010 with the Giants. Over 12 seasons with the Busan club, the infielder is batting .277 with 899 hits, 411 RBIs and 50 home runs.
Jung was one of two Giants to opt for free agency this year, alongside franchise star Son Ah-seop. Son, who has played for the Giants for 15 years, took a four-year, 6.4-billion-won deal to join the NC Dinos this year.
Jung is the only player that the Busan club opted to sign this year.
With Jung's deal signed, all 14 free agents have now found a club to play for next season. It was a particularly tumultuous FA market in the KBO, with some major players changing teams.
The foreign player lineup is also nearly complete with only the Doosan Bears position player and one Kia Tigers pitcher left to be signed.
BY JIM BULLEY [firstname.lastname@example.org]