Kia CEO reveals progress in negotiations with free agent Kim Sun-bin
The KIA Tigers are currently in the midst of negotiations with infielder Kim Sun-bin, an internal free agent. A 2008 high school rookie out of Hwasun High School, Kim was drafted by KIA in the sixth round (43rd overall) of the second round and is one of the team’s “franchise stars. He has already played more than 15 seasons in the professional league, amassing more than 1500 games and 1500 hits in his career. Kim is one of the best switch-hitters in the league, with a career batting average of .333. He was a shortstop when he joined the team, but has since moved to second base and is now the team’s starting second baseman. Kim declared his first free agency ahead of the 2020 season and stayed with KIA for four years and up to 4 billion won. After completing another four seasons, he declared his second free agency.
Basically, there is a consensus to stay.
For KIA, losing him now would leave a huge hole in their second base defense and offense, and for Kim, it’s not easy to change teams right now as the transfer market is closing one after another. He made his debut with his hometown team, KIA, and has grown to represent the team, so the club is determined to keep him.
President Shim Jae-hak has met with Kim Sun-bin several times, but no agreement has been reached yet. However, the situation itself is positive. At the Joa Pharmaceutical Baseball Award Ceremony on the 4th, Kia President Shim Jae-hak said, “I have had several conversations with Kim Sun-bin and we are still in good communication. We are gradually narrowing our differences. I think a good result will come out. We also need him,” he emphasized. It’s clear that the company is determined to keep him, even if it’s not likely to come to a conclusion anytime soon. 먹튀검증토토사이트 Kia has not yet made any external signings at the Stoblig.
Of course, the overall trend of the market is bound to have an impact.
Ahn Chi-hong, another second baseman in the same position as Kim Sun-bin, moved from the Lotte Giants to the Hanwha Eagles in a “super deal” worth up to 7.2 billion won for 4+2 years. Yang Seok-hwan, another infielder and first baseman, surpassed Ahn’s terms and stayed with the Doosan Bears for 4+2 years and up to 7.8 billion won.
There is still time. “We will continue to talk to Kim Sun-bin and hold discussions,” Shim emphasized. What conclusion will Kim and Kia reach?