‘Samsung and FA Remaining Contract’ Lee Won-seok “Oh Jae-il likes like his parents.”

“When I signed an FA contract for the first time, I pledged to’retire from Samsung’…and do my best for the remaining 3 years.”

Wonseok Lee, 2nd free agency contract with Samsung

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Pro baseball infielder Won-seok Lee signed a contract with the Samsung Lions even after he obtained his second free agent (FA) qualification. The photo shows Lee Won-seok (right) and CEO Won Ki-chan taking a commemorative photo after signing a free agency contract with Samsung on the 29th. 2020.12.29
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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Nam-jik Han = Lee Won-seok (34) called his friend Oh Jae-il (34) after signing a free agent (FA) stay with the professional baseball Samsung Lions.

Oh Jae-il, who had been sleepy for 15 days, was relieved by the news of his friend’s remaining Samsung.

In a call with Yonhap News on the 29th, Lee Won-seok told Yonhap News Agency on the 29th that “Jae-il Oh was happy like my parents. He also said,’I have now lessened my worries.'”

Lee Won-seok signed a contract with Samsung for up to 2 billion won for 2+1 years. It is a condition of 300 million won in down payment, 300 million won in annual salary, and 800 million won in incentives. If the 2021 and 202 results meet the criteria set on this day, the remaining 2023 contracts will be automatically extended.

Lee Won-seok said, “I wanted to finish the contract this year. The Samsung club has been very considerate so that I can focus on training only in 2021.” I want to.”

Lee Won-seok, who started his professional career at the Lotte Giants in 2005, played for Doosan Bears from 2009 to 2016.

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Ahead of the 2017 season, Lee Won-seok signed an FA contract with Samsung for a total of 2.7 billion won, including a four-year down payment of 1.5 billion won and an annual salary of 300 million won.

During four seasons at Samsung, Lee Won-seok played 481 matches, batting average of 0.271, 70 homers, 305 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.793.

Samsung Lions recruits FA Oh Jae-il
Samsung Lions recruits FA Oh Jae-il

The Samsung Lions club announced on the 14th that it has signed a contract with Jae-il Oh, a free agent (FA), for up to 5 billion won, including a down payment of 2.4 billion won, an annual salary of 2.2 billion won, and an incentive of 400 million won for four years. The photo shows Samsung Lions CEO Won Ki-chan (left) giving Oh Jae-il a Galaxy Z Fold 2. 2020.12.14
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Lee Won-seok, who signed both free agency contracts with Samsung, said, “I decided to’retire from Samsung’ since I first signed with Samsung in 2017. Fortunately, I have been given two or three more years.” Same. I want to retire while receiving applause from Samsung.”

After playing for Samsung for four years, I got used to the symbol of the team,’blue’, but in 2021, I can play for Samsung more comfortably.

Close friend Oh Jae-il will be playing with Samsung from 2021.

On the 14th, Oh Jae-il, who played for Doosan, signed a contract with Samsung for up to 5 billion won for 4 years (down payment of 2.4 billion won, annual salary of 2.2 billion won, incentives of 400 million won).

After signing, Oh Jae-il said, “Lee Won-seok is my best friend. I want to meet again and play baseball together.”

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In fact, Oh Jae-il asked Lee Won-seok to plead for a’remaining contract’.

Lee Won-seok said, “After Oh Jae-il signed an FA contract with Samsung, he often called me and said,’When will you sign the contract. Don’t leave Samsung for me.'” Like, I liked it. I feel good too.”

Samsung Lions Infielder Lee Won-seok
Samsung Lions Infielder Lee Won-seok

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In 2020, Samsung’s most frequent hitter was Won-seok Lee. Lee Won-seok played in 63 games with 4 and 27 games with 5.

He laughed happily, saying, “Because Jaeil is here, I shouldn’t have to go down a bit more (lower batting order).” I will try harder too.”

Lee Won-seok also imagines a scene where he throws a throw from third base to first base guarded by his best friend Oh Jae-il.

Lee Won-seok said, “I don’t think I’ve been guaranteed a position as the first baseman. I’ll do my best to compete with my juniors.” It’s thrilling.”

Lee Won-seok, who is guaranteed two years and can play for three more years, wants to present a’post-season advance’ to Samsung fans and clubs.

Lee Won-seok said, “I have received a lot of love during the 4 years I played for Samsung. However, I haven’t been able to advance to the postseason once during this period. I am really sorry.” My goal and wish is to enjoy the postseason with the fans together. I promised to repay with good grades in 2021 by cooperating with Samsung colleagues such as Jaeil.”

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