The only one in the LG Twins who has yet to complete an annual salary contract. “Veteran” Song Eun-beom (39).
The LG Twins announced on the 3rd 토토사이트, “We have completed annual salary contracts with 44 people excluding Song Eun-beom among the 45 people who are subject to renewal in 2023.”
In LG last season, the team members devoted themselves to each other and created a synergistic effect. This led to the valuable result of second place in the pennant race. The club also acknowledged the sweat they shed, and it was reflected in the 2023 season salary.
Go Woo-seok, the ‘save king’, signed a contract with an annual salary of 430 million won, an increase of 160 million won (a 59.3% increase) from 270 million won, and recorded the highest annual salary (excluding FA players) in the team. Go Woo-seok played in 61 games in the 2022 season and recorded 4 wins, 2 losses, 42 saves, and an average ERA of 1.48, establishing himself as the best finishing pitcher in Korea.
Moon Bo-gyeong, who grew up as a starting third baseman, stamped at 170 million won, an increase of 102 million won (150% increase) from 68 million won. This was the highest rate of increase on the team. Kim Yun-sik, Lee Min-ho, and Lee Woo-chan also entered the first billion won annual salary.
Kim Yun-shik received 150 million won, Lee Min-ho 140 million won, and Lee Woo-chan 120 million won. “Cinderella” Moon Seong-ju also signed for 95 million won, up from 42 million won to 53 million won. Lee “Geopo” Jae-won also signed a contract for 85 million won, up 33 million won from 52 million won.
On the other hand, veteran pitcher Song Eun-beom was the only one among those eligible for an LG annual salary contract who could not sign the contract.
Song Eun-beom, who joined SK (predecessor of SSG Landers) Wyverns in 2003 as the first nomination, became a professional player in the 21st year this year. Song Eun-beom, who went through SK, KIA, and Hanwha. Early in his career, he made a name for himself as a fastball right-hander. In the 2009 season, he had a career high season with 12 wins and 3 losses with a 3.13 ERA.
It was on July 28, 2019 that he wore the LG Twins uniform. At that time, LG made a 1:1 trade to receive Song Eun-beom instead of sending pitcher Shin Jeong-rak to Hanwha. After ending the 2019 season with 2 wins, 6 losses, 1 save, 9 holds, and an average ERA of 5.25 (60 innings), he qualified as a free agent (FA). And in December of that year, he signed a two-year contract for a total of 1 billion won (down payment of 300 million won, total annual salary and incentives of 700 million won).
He had an average ERA of 4.50 (56 innings) with 4 wins, 2 losses, 2 saves and 6 holds in the 2020 season, and an average ERA of 4.10 (37⅓ innings) with 2 wins, 2 losses and 4 holds in the 2021 season. He silently sprayed his ball regardless of the victory group and the chase group. He showed off his rust-free presence even in the LG bullpen, which is said to be the strongest.
However, Song Eun-beom only played 25 games last year, posting an average ERA of 4.05 with 1 win, 1 loss and 2 holds. There was a reason he didn’t play much. On August 14, 2021, at Jamsil Lotte, Song Eun-beom collapsed while handling a ground ball in front of the pitcher. He was diagnosed with a ruptured lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, and ended up on the operating table. After undergoing right cruciate ligament reconstruction, he needed one year of rehabilitation. He made his comeback against NC on July 24 last year, but was not included in the postseason entry.
Song Eun-beom received an annual salary of 150 million won last year. However, as disagreements arose ahead of salary negotiations this season, he was not even listed on the Arizona spring camp roster. An official who is familiar with Song Eun-beom’s situation said, “I know that Song Eun-beom does not make unreasonable demands. However, we have not been able to narrow the disagreement over the size of the reduction.”
An official from the LG club said in a phone call with Star News, “Song Eun-beom is currently working hard at Champions Park in Icheon, apart from salary negotiations.