Kiwoom Heroes announced on the 22nd, “We have completed annual salary contracts with all 44 people (excluding rookies, fostering, military holding, FA, non-FA multi-year contracts, and foreign players) for the 2024 season.”
Kim Hye-sung broke his eighth-year salary record in the KBO League history. Kim signed an annual contract for 650 million won, an increase of 230 million won, or 54.8%, exceeding Na Sung-bum’s previous eight-year salary of 550 million won. It is the highest increase and highest annual salary among those eligible for an annual contract in the team.
Kim Hye-sung led his team’s batting lineup in 137 games last season, posting a batting average of 0.335 (186 hits in 556 at-bats) with seven homers, 104 runs and 57 RBIs. He was the center of the infield and won the Golden Glove Award for the third consecutive year.
Kim Hwi-jip, who recorded the most home runs in the team last season, rose 48.6% year-on-year to 110 million won, making his first billion-dollar salary since his debut. Lee Ju-hyung, who joined in the middle of the season and showed promise, signed an annual salary of 66 million won and recorded a 100% increase rate.
Ha Young-min and Lee Myung-jong, who have added strength to the pitching staff in various positions, have posted increases of W15 million, marking W80 million and W60 million, respectively. Jang Jae-young, who recorded his first start win since his debut last season, signed a W40 million annual contract.
Of the 44 people eligible for the annual salary contract, a total of six people, including one pitcher and five fielders, are paid hundreds of millions of dollars.
The following is the salary contract status for the 2024 season.