The KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) Doosan Bears have officially announced today that they have retained ace starting pitcher, right-hander Dustin Nippert, 35 years of age, for next season on a 2.1 million USD deal, a 900,000 increase compared to the 1.2 million he earned last year… this deal will make Dustin Nippert the highest paid foreign player ever in Korean Baseball history regarding about one-year contracts, and will also be the first foreign player to ever reach the 2 million USD mark in the country’s pro league.
Salaries for foreign players are now constantly on the rise ever since the league eliminated the 300,000 USD cap rule, and the 25 percent limit on annual increase for foreign players’ salary back in January, year 2014.
In over 6 seasons in the KBO, Dustin Nippert currently owns a record of 80-35, and an earned run average of 3.38 in 155 career games played (936 innings pitched), primarily as a starting pitcher. He finished his 2016 regular season campaign with a record of 22-3 (career high), and an earned run average of 2.95 in 28 games (167 2/3 innings pitched) last year, as a starter. He also won the KBO MVP award last year (642 points), defeating former Samsung Lions outfielder Choi Hyoung-woo (112 points).