The KBO League Samsung Lions were able to recruit infielder David McKinnon (29) as a new foreign hitter on the 15th because the Japanese professional baseball Seibu Lions gave up on him.
McKinnon had a batting average of .401 OPS.728, with a batting average of .259 (120 hits in 464 times at bat) in 127 games with 15 homers, 50 RBIs, 48 walks, 91 strikeouts and an on-base percentage. He ranked 10th in home runs, 11th in RBIs and OPS, and 13th in on-base percentage among 22 hitters in the Pacific League.월카지노
Although his performance is not noticeable, he has displayed fairly good performance in Japan, which is an extremely low level of pitching and hitting league. Given his adaptation to the league in the first year, he seemed likely to be able to renew his contract with Seibu, but the Samsung Lions, which guaranteed 1 million U.S. dollars for a new foreign player in the KBO, has taken over McKinnon. This year, he was paid 90 million yen (about 800 million won) for Seibu.
There was a reason why Seibu was lukewarm to McKinnon. On the 20th, Seibu announced the recruitment of Jesus Agula (33), a “big shot” who recorded 114 home runs in the Major League as a new foreign hitter. According to Japanese media, including “Kyodo News,” the number is 44 on the condition of 210 million yen (about 1.9 billion won) per year.
Aguilar from Venezuela is a 190-centimeter, 125-kg right-handed first baseman who made his big league debut with the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians) in 2014. Since then, he has played six teams, including the Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, recording a career-high 795 games in 10 seasons with 253 (594 hits in 2348 at-bats) with 114 homers and 402 RBIs with OPS.768.
He was selected as an All-Star in 2018 when he was playing for Milwaukee with a batting average of 274 (at 135 for 492), 35 home runs, and 108 RBIs with an OPS.890. Agula, who has consistently shown batting power with 22 home runs in 2021 and 16 home runs in 2022, has been sluggish with a batting average of 2201 (23 for 104) with five home runs and nine RBIs in 36 games with Oakland this year. After being released from Oakland in early June, he signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves, but did not receive a big league call-up.
As his position in the Major League narrowed, he turned to Japan. Seibu, thirsty for a big shot, actively approached Agula. Hotaka Yamakawa, a 218-homer, transferred to the FA for four years and 1.6 billion yen (about 14.5 billion won) with Softbank Hawks, and Takeya Nakamura, who recorded 17 home runs this year, was also a 41-year-old veteran next year, so he needed to strengthen his long hitters. In response, Seibu recruited left-handed hitter Franchi Cordero with a total of 27 home runs in the Major League with an estimated annual salary of 100 million yen (about 900 million won) on the 7th, and also brought in Agula to build the center batting line.
“I am truly grateful that I was given the opportunity to play for Seibu. I look forward to playing in front of my devoted fans,” Agula said through his club. “I have long thought that I want to play in Japan. I will do my best to share the joy of winning the championship with my fans by working hard with my teammates.”
“He is a power heater that hits home runs. I expect him to be a batter who serves as the center of the batting lineup. He has a big physique in defense, but he moves well and handles well,” Seibu President Hisanobu Watanabe said of Agula. “I expected him to show good performance as a center hitter and first baseman.”