LH starting pitcher, Cha Woo-chan, 29, who was also on MLB radar this off-season, have decided to stay in the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization)… an announcement was made just today. According to the report, the former Samsung Lions starter just signed a 4-year 9.5 billion Won (8.14 million USD) contract with the Seoul based team LG Twins this morning.
Back in November 10 of this year, MLB tenders status checks both starting pitchers Cha, and Kim Kwang-hyun… under an agreement between MLB and the KBO, a major league team interested in a South Korean player must go through the status check through the league offices.
Cha Woo-chan’s contract will be the second highest ever deal made in KBO league history, with KIA Tigers new acquisition Choi Hyoung-woo’s 4-year, 10 billion Won (8.48 million USD) being the first. Overall, there’s a total of 5 South Korean players that have expressed interest to play in the Majors for next year this off-season (3 pitchers, 2 position players)… with Cha being the latest that is now out of MLB’s market, infielder Hwang Jae-gyun, 29, is now the only one left still available for MLB clubs to acquire, as he’s still in the market in search for a team to play in the big leagues.