It is too early to make any quick conclusions about the trade performance.
On July 29th, surprising news broke.메이저사이트
Kiwoom Choi Won-tae and LG Lee Joo-hyung + Kim Dong-gyu + 1 to 3 big deal of 2024 first round rookie nomination rights.
LG, desperate to win, quenched its thirst for a native starter with Choi Won-tae. LG coach Yeom Kyung-yeop was also overjoyed and expressed his gratitude to the team.
Kiwoom selected top prospects Lee Joo-hyung and Kim Dong-gyu, Seoul High School right-handed fireballer Jeon Jun-pyo with LG’s first-round pick, and secured two top-rated pitchers, including Kiwoom’s first-rounder Jangchung High School right-handed pitcher Kim Yun-ha.
It deserved to be evaluated as a win-win trade suitable for the current positions of both teams.
But a variable arose.
Choi Won-tae, the center of the trade, fell into a slump.
Beginning on August 25, he failed to complete five innings in three consecutive games and was prematurely dismissed.
In the end, after the KIA game on the 10th, they were placed on the injured list for 12 days from the 11th and began to reorganize.
While Choi Won-tae faltered, Lee Joo-hyung, who moved to Kiwoom, struck hard every day. Batting average of 0.330 and 4 home runs in August. Entering September, he got even hotter with a batting average of .345 and two home runs.
A comparative perspective crept in.
A hasty assessment has begun to emerge that LG, which received Choi Won-tae, may have suffered a loss.
At that time, the powerful Choi Won-tae stepped forward to put the controversy to rest.
On the 24th, he took the mound against Hanwha for the first time in two weeks, and in his return game, he led the team to a 5-1 victory with 6 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run in 7 innings, achieving his 9th win (6 losses) of the season. If they add just one win, they will achieve double-digit multiplier for the first time in four years since 2019.
Choi Won-tae is not a pitcher who falls apart easily. He is the one who brought Kiwoom Heroes to the Korean Series stage last year.
The important thing is this fall. I’m just curious as to how well the team will enter the postseason.
Even when he hesitated for a while, he contributed to his new team LG through the catfish effect.
While Choi Won-tae was going through an adjustment period, other native starters Lee Jeong-yong and Lim Chan-gyu made great strides.
Lee Jeong-yong recorded 4 wins, 0 losses, and an ERA of 2.14 in 7 games after the Choi Won-tae trade. Lim Chan-gyu is on a winning streak with 6 wins, 1 loss, and an average ERA of 3.86 in 9 games, including a maximum of 8 innings.
Since the transfer of Choi Won-tae, the total number of wins between the two main domestic starters has reached a whopping 10 wins. The tension brought about by transfer student Choi Won-tae cannot be ignored.
In this way, LG’s native starting lineup became stronger. We cannot say for sure that this is not an effect of recruiting Choi Won-tae.
Among them, even Choi Won-tae returned after an adjustment period.
The local duo showed their best performance despite the tension while he was away. With Choi Won-tae returning, the local troika was completed. Along with Kelly and Plutco, it is expected to be a clear guarantee for the LG Twins’ regular season championship.
The season isn’t even over. It is still too early to discuss whether the trade will be successful or not. The first time to calculate profit or loss. It should be right after the Korean Series.