Hanwha Eagles Use Ryu Posting Money to Enhance Roster

The Hanwha Eagles finished in last place in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 with or without Hyun-Jin Ryu.  The 2013 season was especially embarrassing after finishing 11 games behind even the expansion NC Dinos for last in the KBO.  They took the $25.7 million dollar posting fee they got for Ryu to sign two of the top free agents in the KBO, second baseman Keun-woo Jeong and outfielder Yong-Kyu Lee.

Neither player appears to be a difference maker in a lineup but they signed for the second and third largest free agent contracts in KBO history.  Lee had rotator cuff surgery and is expected to miss the first month of the 2014 season.  Jeong signed a four year deal for $6.6 million while Lee inked a four year contract for a little less ($6.3 million).  That is still only half the posting fee, with the salaries extended over four years so they could still do something else if they haven’t already spent the money on stadium improvements and ownership salaries/bonuses.

You can read more about the signings and the players  http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2013/11/27/6/0702000000AEN20131127006200315F.html    

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