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Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun joins Landers in KBO on record 4-year deal

Kim Kwang-hyun has left the St. Louis Cardinals and will return to South Korea on a record four-year contract.

The left-handed pitcher will rejoin his old club, which is now known as the SSG Landers, in the Korean Baseball Organization.

The club issued a statement Tuesday saying the deal is worth up to 15.1 billion won ($12.3 million) over four seasons, the largest contract in the league’s history.

Kim pitched for the SK Wyverns, as the Landers were previously known, from 2007 to 2019 before joining the Cardinals on a two-year contract. The 33-year-old Kim became a free agent after the 2021 season.

He was the KBO’s regular season MVP in 2008 and won four Korean Series titles with the Incheon-based club.

In two seasons with St. Louis, Kim went 10-7 with a 2.98 ERA in 35 games, including 28 starts. He began the 2020 season as the Cardinals closer, recording a save in his first Major League appearance at the age of 32.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2022 at 11:11 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: March 08, 2022 at 12:56 PM (#6067032)
Good for KK, we wish him well !
   2. Walt Davis Posted: March 08, 2022 at 01:40 PM (#6067038)
Big money for ages 33-36. :-)

He has some interesting b-r comps, much better ones than you might expect. ("better" in terms of level of similarity.) El Duque and a HoFer -- Geore Sisler. :-) Oh wow, sims now include NeLers and not just players who made it into MLB.

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