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KT Wiz re-sign free agent Hwang Jae-gyun

All News 14:01 December 27, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- The reigning South Korean baseball champions KT Wiz re-signed its free agent third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun on Monday.

The Wiz said Hwang agreed to a four-year deal worth 6 billion won (US$5.1 million). He will earn 2.9 billion won in total salary, 2.5 billion won in signing bonus and up to 600 million won in incentives.

KT Wiz infielder Hwang Jae-gyun (R) shakes hands with the club's general manager, Lee Soong-yong, on Dec. 27, 2021, after signing a new four-year contract to stay put with the Korea Baseball Organization club, in this photo provided by the Wiz. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Hwang's previous four-year contract, valued at 8.8 billion won, expired at the end of the 2021 season.

As captain of the Wiz in 2021, Hwang batted .291/.358/.402 with 10 home runs, 56 RBIs and 11 steals. He then helped the Wiz sweep the Doosan Bears for their first Korean Series championship, driving in a team-best five runs while hitting a home run and two doubles in 14 at-bats. Hwang finished second in the Korean Series MVP voting.

"I won my first title as a member of KT, and I would like to stay with this team for the rest of my career," the 34-year-old said. "I will try to help us repeat as the champions next year."

In this file photo from Nov. 18, 2021, Hwang Jae-gyun of the KT Wiz celebrates his RBI double against the Doosan Bears in the top of the second inning during Game 4 of the Korean Series at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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