“I’m here to win!”… Lotte 3 foreign players, 2023 season with the best power
Professional baseball Lotte Giants will once again try to advance to fall baseball in the 2023 season with three foreign players who worked together in the second half of the 2022 season. All three foreign players are sweating under the hot sunlight of Guam with Lotte players, saying, “I came to win this season.”
After the end of last season, Lotte completed contract renewals for the 2023 season with pitchers Dan Straley (34), Charlie Barnes (27), and outfielder Jack Rex (29), who were active in the second half of the 2022 season. When Lotte recruited Strayley in August of last year, he signed a contract for $400,000, and signed a multi-year contract to play for an annual salary of $1 million in the 2023 season. Strayley started 11 games last season and threw 62 1/3 innings, showing an ace-like appearance with a 4-2 ERA of 2.31온라인바카라.Lotte then signed a contract with Barnes for the 2023 season for a total of $1.25 million (down payment of $350,000, annual salary of $850,000, and option of $50,000). This is a salary that has more than doubled from $610,000 in the 2022 season. Barnes went 12-12 with a 3.62 ERA last season as the second starting pitcher. Lotte also signed a contract with Rex for a total of 1.3 million dollars (a contract of 200,000 dollars, an annual salary of 1 million dollars, and an option of 100,000 dollars). Rex joined the team in July of last year and played an active role as a key force with a batting average of 0.330, 72 hits, 8 homers, and 34 RBIs.
Strayley joined the Lotte Spring Camp in Guam from the 1st and is concentrating all his energy on conditioning in preparation for the 2023 season. During the offseason, Strayley devoted all his energy to building his body to play an active part in the KBO League. Lotte 1st team pitching coach Bae Young-soo, who watched Straley’s bullpen pitching, gave him a thumbs up, saying, “Befitting the best pitcher in the KBO League, he has built his body perfectly during the off-season.”
Strayley, who is in his 4th year in the KBO league, has a great thirst for ‘winning’ this season. Strayley is raising his confidence in winning this season, saying, “I have high expectations because many good players, including catcher Kang-Nam Yoo, have joined.”Barnes, a pitcher in his second year at Lotte, also has high expectations for the championship. Barnes also expressed his anticipation in working with Kang-Nam Yoo, who joined Lotte as a free agent (FA). Barnes emphasized, “I was really excited when I heard that Kang-Nam Yoo joined Lotte. Barnes said, “I think it will be a good year if we play good games one game at a time.”
Even for outfielder Rex, the 2023 season is a year inevitably necessary to advance to fall baseball. Rex received a lot of attention from Major League Baseball (MLB) teams for his explosive performance in the second half of last season, but he decided to stay in the KBO league, believing in the passionate support of Lotte fans and the expectation of advancing to fall baseball.
Rex emphasized, “There were suggestions from several MLB clubs, but I accepted the team’s offer to help Lotte win.” Rex expressed his gratitude, saying, “The Busan fans’ high interest in baseball is a great strength,” and “I am gaining strength by communicating with the fans.”