KT Wiz re-signs Benjamin for more stability, knowing they need to catch LG to win.
KT Wiz is the first of the 10 clubs to sign a foreign player for the 2024 season. Rojas, the “monster hitter” who won KT’s first MVP honour in the 2020 season, is back after a three-year absence. Cuevas, who came in as a substitute this season and impressed with 12 wins and no losses, also signed early.헤라카지노
The last player to make a decision was Benjamin. On the 12th, KT announced that they had signed Benjamin for a total of $1.4 million. For Benjamin, it’s been a “life reversal” in South Korea. He was paid just $331,000 when he came in as a substitute midway through the 2022 season. After going 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 games as a reliever, his price tag jumped to a whopping $1.3 million ahead of the 2023 season.
And he has delivered 100 per cent for KT, who invested heavily in him. 15-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 29 games. Without Benjamin’s performance, KT’s ‘second from bottom’ miracle would never have happened.
It was his performance as the ‘LG killer’ that stole the show. LG had the strongest line-up of the regular season, leading all season long and winning the overall title without much trouble. However, even LG’s strongest line-up bowed down when faced with Benjamin. In five starts against LG, Benjamin went 4-0 with a 0.84 ERA. It was overwhelming. The LG team even said, “Whenever Benjamin faces us, his velocity increases and his pitches become sharper.” In the Korean Series, he gave up four runs in five innings in Game 3, which was uncharacteristic of Benjamin, but considering KT’s shocking Game 2 loss and LG’s momentum, Benjamin’s pitching wasn’t bad. It was just a shame about the three-run shot that Thul gave up to Austin.
LG wants to win the title again next year and build a dynasty. It’s not hype. There are few power leaks. They could be even stronger if they get a healthy first-choice foreign player to replace Plutko, although the loss of finisher Ko Woo-seok is a factor. As strong as LG is, it’s also important to note that there’s not a team in sight with the power to make them wary.
Still, the strongest contender is KT. This season, they forgot their win-loss margin so many times in the early stages of the regular season, but if they don’t collapse early on, they’ll be a contender for the regular season title with LG. With Cuevas starting and Rojas on a 30-homer, 100-RBI pace, KT’s power cannot be underestimated.
In the end, the head-to-head record against LG will be crucial, and from that perspective, Benjamin’s retention is good news for Lee Kang-chul. If Benjamin can once again prove himself as an ‘LG killer’, LG will have to sit tight for their ‘dynasty’ dreams.