Disappointing ‘foreigners’… Will Samsung only renew Buchanan’s contract for the 2024 season? 

 Samsung’s 2023 season has ended. Failed to advance to the postseason for two consecutive years. If you count from 2016, it has failed 7 times in 8 years. The beginning of change was announced through the replacement of the general manager. The same goes for foreign players. It is no exaggeration to say that only David Buchanan (34) is eligible for contract renewal.

Samsung formed a foreign lineup with Buchanan, Albert Suarez, and Jose Pirella for the 2023 season. All three performed outstandingly in 2022, and all of them had their contracts renewed.

This year was a mixed bag of joys and sorrows. Buchanan played the role of ‘ace’ well. He pitched 30 games, 188 innings, went 12-8, struck out 139, and had an earned run average of 2.54.

He has played the most innings since his debut, and this is the first time his ERA has reached the 2-point range. Innings ranks second overall in the league. The strikeout-to-walk ratio is also over 3.0. He reigned as the ace representing the league beyond Samsung.

The problem is the other side. Suarez recorded 19 games, 108 innings, 4 wins, 7 losses, and an ERA of 3.92. Seungwoon did not follow suit, so I heard the sound of ‘sukrai’.

Instead, when it was bad, it was definitely bad again. Compared to Buchanan, it felt slightly less stable. Additionally, he had to leave the team in early August due to a calf injury.

The pitcher brought in as a replacement is Taylor Widener. He signed with NC, but made his first appearance on May 30 due to injury. There was an uneven appearance, and he was waived by NC on August 4th. And Samsung embraced Widener. I wore the Samsung uniform on August 11th.

The overall record for the season is 21 games, 115 innings, 7 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 4.54. At Samsung, he recorded 10 games, 53.1 innings, 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 4.56. It was jagged. When it’s good, it’s good, but when it’s 

Foreign hitter Pirella is equally disappointing. He played in 139 games, batting average of 0.285, 16 home runs, 80 RBI, on-base percentage of 0.339, slugging percentage of 0.425, and OPS of 0.764. It’s not just the worst. He is tied for first on the team in home runs and first in RBIs. His batting average is also ranked 5th.

Compared to last year, there is a lot of disappointment. In 141 games, he had a batting average of 0.342, 28 home runs, 109 RBIs, an on-base percentage of 0.411, a slugging percentage of 0.565, and an OPS of 0.976. He showed off league MVP-level performance.메이저놀이터

Accordingly, a total of $1.7 million was awarded for the 2023 season (contract deposit of 100,000, annual salary of 1.2 million, and incentive of 400,000). He has over 1.7 billion won in guaranteed money, and he has become a completely different player in just one year. The unique intensity and recklessness seems to have disappeared.

Buchanan is at a level where we have to catch him, but it seems like we need to think about renewing the contracts of Widener and Pirella. Director Park Jin-man’s evaluation is not all that good. “It’s unfortunate,” he said.

Foreign players are important to any team. In particular, a team trying to move up from the bottom must have the strength of foreign players. The same goes for Samsung. Since two out of three students are not good, their grades are bound to be bad.

New general manager Lee Jong-yeol took office. Samsung has declared change. There is a lot to do. It’s busy moving around. Contracting foreign players is also an important task. The time to worry has come.

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