[42-year-old Oh Seung-hwan will stand on Samsung's mound until next year]

Free agent contract for a total of 2.2 billion won for 2 years

The long, long wait is over. ‘King of the End’ Oh Seung-hwan (42, photo) finally got his stamp. Professional baseball team Samsung announced on the 16th that it signed a two-year free agent (FA) contract with Oh Seung-hwan for a total of 2.2 billion won (down payment of 1 billion won, total annual salary of 1.2 billion won). Accordingly, Oh Seung-hwan, who debuted as a professional at Samsung in 2005, will be able to play in the blue uniform until next year.

Samsung general manager Lee Jong-yeol said, “We have finally decided on the composition of this season’s pitching staff. “It took some time to negotiate as we were thinking about the best path for the team,” he said. “I would like to express my gratitude to Seung-Hwan Oh for understanding the club’s actions.”

Last year, Samsung was the only team among the 10 professional baseball teams whose ERA (5.16) exceeded 5 points. Samsung, which entrusted General Manager Lee with organizing the team's strength after the end of the season, worked to strengthen its bullpen by recruiting Kim Jae-yoon (34, former KT, total 169 saves) and Lim Chang-min (39, former Kiwoom, total 122 saves) in this free agent market. In addition, Oh Seung-hwan, who had 400 saves (41 wins, 24 losses, 17 holds) on the Korean stage alone, was retained and succeeded in forming a '391 saves trio'.

Oh Seung-hwan's 400 saves are the highest in Korean professional baseball history. Seung-hwan Oh is the only player in Korean professional baseball to record more than 300 saves in his career. Oh Seung-hwan has 80 saves over two years with Hanshin of the Japanese Professional Baseball League and 42 saves over four years with three Major League Baseball (MLB) teams in the American Professional Baseball League, recording a total of 522 saves in Korea, the United States and Japan.

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Pub: 18 Jan 2024 00:38 UTC
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