Samsung Lions veteran and former major leaguer Oh Seung-hwan has one goal for the 2021 season — focus on getting the Daegu club back on track.
Samsung Lions manager Heo Sam-young is ready to make big changes for the 2021 season. While Heo may be all smiles on the outside, he is as cold-hearted as any manager needs to be when it comes to evaluating his team’s performance last season.
The Samsung Lions re-signed free agent Woo Kyu-min on a one-plus-one contract at a maximum 1 billion won ($923,000) including 200 million won in annual salary and 300 million won in incentives each year.
The Samsung Lions re-signed Lee Won-seok on a two-plus-one contract at a maximum 2 billion won ($1.8 million) including a 300 million won signing bonus, 300 million won in annual salary and 800 million won in incentives.
The team said the Venezuela-born José Pirela signed a one-year deal worth up to $800,000, including a guaranteed salary of $500,000 and a signing bonus of $100,000. He can make up to $200,000 in incentives.
Free agent Oh Jae-il signed a four-year contract with the Samsung Lions at a maximum of 5 billion won ($4.5 million) on Monday. With the signing, Oh will be leaving the Doosan Bears, the club he played with for the past nine seasons.
Blue has always been Samsung Lions' infielder Kim Sang-su's color. Having just finished his 12th season with the Lions, Kim hopes to be the longest-running player in the club's history and bring the team back to the top of the KBO.
Dave Buchanan of the Samsung Lions and Preston Tucker of the Kia Tigers have both been re-signed for another year in the KBO.
A player, coach, manager and commentator, Lee Man-soo has been in the baseball world for over 50 years. After hitting the KBO's first homer and becoming the MLB's first Korean coach, Lee is now taking the sport to Southeast Asia, starting in Laos.
Samsung Lions starter Choi Chae-heung may be pitching for a struggling team, but it doesn't seem to be holding him back much. At least not all the time. Choi made headlines for his strong performance this season but it hasn't all been plain sailing.