Is it the excitement of trading? Choi Ji-man (32) failed to reach an annual salary agreement with his new team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the 2023 season. As a result, it is expected that the salary adjustment process will be followed in two years.
On the 14th (Korean time), MLB.com, the official website of the Major League Baseball, said, “The Pittsburgh club failed to reach a contract agreement with Choi Ji-man by the deadline for salary negotiations.”
Choi Ji-man continued to negotiate with the club until the 14th, the deadline for negotiations with the players subject to salary adjustment. However, as the two sides showed a difference in position, a salary agreement for the 2023 season could not be reached.
Choi Ji-man gets FA (free agent) qualification after the 2023 season. Recently, MLB Trade Rumors, a media dealing with the news of major league transfers, predicted Choi Ji-man’s annual salary for the 2023 season at $4.5 million (approximately 5.5 billion won).
Choi Ji-man participated in 113 games this season and posted a batting average of 0.233, 11 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 36 points with an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.729. He spent the season fighting painkillers after feeling pain in his right elbow for the first time in May. After the season, he was traded to Pittsburgh, where he underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow. He is currently focusing on rehabilitation in the United States. 토토사이트
Now, Choi Ji-man’s new salary is expected to be decided by the Salary Adjustment Committee. When Choi Ji-man and Pittsburgh each present their desired annual salary, the Salary Adjustment Committee raises one hand.
Choi Ji-man had gone through the salary adjustment process once before. After applying for an annual salary adjustment in 2021, when he was a member of Tampa Bay, he won and received $2.45 million. Tampa Bay offered $1.85 million at the time.
The salary adjustment committee is scheduled to meet next month. However, the player and the club may continue to negotiate before that and the contract may be concluded.