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Free agent pitcher re-signs with original club

Sports 15:32 January 29, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- Veteran free agent pitcher Yun Sung-hwan on Tuesday re-signed with his original club.

The Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said they inked the right-hander to a one-year deal worth up to 1 billion won (US$895,340). Yun will earn 400 million won in guaranteed salary and can make an additional 600 million won in performance-based incentives.

Yun, 37, has spent his entire 13-year career with the Lions and holds the franchise record with 127 career victories.

In this file photo from May 27, 2018, Yun Sung-hwan of the Samsung Lions pitches against the Doosan Bears in a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

He made 800 million won in salary last year as part of a four-year, 8 billion-won deal he'd signed with the Lions in 2014, when he hit the open market for the first time.

Yun went 40-27 with a 4.12 ERA in the first three seasons of the deal, but he struggled in 2018, going 5-9 with a career-worst 6.98 ERA in 24 starts. It was also the first season in which he failed to reach double figures in wins since 2012.

Yu signed in the nick of time to join the Lions in spring training, which will begin Wednesday in Okinawa, Japan.

Following Yun's deal, there are five free agents still left on the market.

And one unsigned player, right-hander Noh Kyung-eun, had his talks fall through with his original club, the Lotte Giants.

The Giants announced earlier Tuesday they will no longer negotiate with the 34-year-old pitcher.

Noh was 9-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 132 1/3 innings across 33 games, including 19 starts. It was Noh's best season since winning 10 games for the Doosan Bears in 2013.

The Giants will begin their spring training in Taiwan on Wednesday. The team earlier said those who weren't signed by Tuesday wouldn't make the trip.


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