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Veteran infielder re-signs with KBO club

All Headlines 11:15 January 08, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- Following a bounceback season, veteran free agent third baseman Park Sok-min has re-signed with his original club NC Dinos.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said Wednesday that Park, 34, has agreed to a two-year deal worth 1.6 billion won (US$1.4 million), plus an option for a third season that could net him up to 1.8 billion won.

In this file photo from Sept. 15, 2019, Park Sok-min of the NC Dinos celebrates a solo home run against the Samsung Lions in the bottom of the second inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Changwon NC Park in Changwon, 400 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)

Park has spent the past four seasons with the Dinos, after playing his first 10 KBO seasons with the Samsung Lions. He'd signed a four-year, 9.6 billion won deal as a free agent with the Dinos before the 2016 season. After belting out 32 home runs and knocking in 104 runs in his first year as a Dino, Park was limited to just 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 2017 and to 16 homers and 55 RBIs in 2018. He also missed more than 40 games in each of those two seasons with injuries.

Park regained a bit of power in 2019, even as the offensive numbers across the KBO went down following a change to a de-juiced ball. He had 19 homers and 74 RBIs in 112 games and batted .267, his highest since 2016.

"As a veteran at this club, I know I have to let my performance do the talking," Park said in a statement released by the Dinos. "I know the team expects me to bat in the heart of the lineup and I'm going to try to live up to expectations."

The Dinos said Park, as long as he's healthy, will still be a valuable contributor to the team even as he nears his mid-30s.

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