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19 players declare free agency in KBO

All Headlines 13:56 November 19, 2014

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Yonhap) -- The top domestic baseball league said Wednesday 19 players have declared free agency this offseason.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced that out of 21 players eligible for free agency, all but two have chosen to exercise their rights.

Among them are Samsung Lions right-handed pitchers Yun Sung-hwan and An Ji-man, SK Wyverns infielder Choi Jeong and outfielder Kim Kang-min, and Lotte Giants lefty Jang Won-jun.

Two infielders -- Park Jin-man of the Wyverns and Lee Won-seok of the Doosan Bears -- opted against free agency.

Free agents have from Thursday to next Wednesday to negotiate with their current clubs. If their talks fall through, they may negotiate with the nine other teams in the league between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3.

If they're unable to reach an agreement, then they can hold talks with every team in the league from Dec. 4 to Jan. 15.

Players not signed by Jan. 15 will remain free agents.

If a team signs a free agent from outside the team, then it must meet one of the two following requirements: pay the signee's previous team two times the player's previous salary along with shipping the team a player or pay that team three times the signee's previous salary.

Each team may sign up to three players from other teams, according to the rules.


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