For bounce back, baseball club to look inward

November 23, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) — Once a big spender in South Korean baseball’s free agency, the Kia Tigers will stay away from the open market this winter, their general manager said Friday.

Cho Kye-hyun said his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club will not go after any free agents during this offseason and added, “We felt we’d be better off trying to develop our own assets.”

The Tigers won the Korean Series title in 2017 after posting the best regular season record at 87-56-1 (wins-losses-ties) but squeaked into the wild-card game this year after going 70-74 and lost to the Nexen Heroes to bow out of their title defense.

In this file photo from July 25, 2018, Ryu Seung-hyun of the Kia Tiger hits a two-run double against the Hanwha Eagles in the top of the seventh inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)
Jeon Sang-hyun of the Kia Tigers speaks after receiving trophies for leading the Southern League of the Futures League, a second-tier baseball competition, in pitching wins and ERA during an awards ceremony in Seoul on Nov. 19, 2018. (Yonhap)

In this file photo from July 25, 2018, Ryu Seung-hyun of the Kia Tiger hits a two-run double against the Hanwha Eagles in the top of the seventh inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Hanwha Life Eagles Park in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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