Left-handed pitcher Koo Chang-mo (25, NC Dinos) took the first step toward becoming the ‘eternal NC Man’.
On the 17th, NC announced that it had signed a non-FA multi-year contract with Chang-mo Koo. International competition results and military enlistment period were taken into consideration.
NC said, “Considering that the period of obtaining FA qualification for Koo Chang-mo differs depending on the performance of international competitions in 2023, we divided it into two cases. When obtaining FA qualification after the end of the 2024 season, the contract period is 6 years from 2023 to 2028, and the annual salary is 90 KRW 12.5 billion in total with KRW 12.5 billion in incentives and KRW 3.5 billion in incentives and incentives for a guaranteed annual salary of KRW 8.8 billion for 6 years Including the execution of the 7-year contract, the maximum amount is 13.2 billion won. A provision was also included to extend the contract period by the corresponding period when enlisting in the military.”
Gu Chang-mo joined NC in the 2nd round of the 2015 rookie draft (3rd overall) and debuted in the first team the following year. He went 46-34 with a 3.74 earned run average with 5 holds in 163 career games.
His skills have been verified. He was evaluated as being able to take responsibility for one axis of the NC starting lineup, using fast balls close to 150 km per hour and sliders at a high level.
All that remains is proof of ‘durability’. He was the one who won 9 games in the first half of 2020 alone, but has since developed problems with his elbow. After failing to leave the 2021 season, he returned in May of this year and recorded 11 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 2. 스포츠토토
As much as he showed that he could produce the best results ‘as long as he doesn’t get sick’, the only thing left is to keep the ‘strong old man’. Above all, he has to show that he is a starting pitcher who can play a season perfectly, as he has not yet achieved a single regulation inning.
NC highly evaluated the value of a healthy Gu Chang-mo, saying, “It was made for the purpose of preemptively securing key selection resources, motivating players, stabilizing the starting pitching team, and implementing a mid- to long-term plan to organize the team’s strength.”
Lim Seon-nam, general manager of NC Dinos, also said, “Koo Chang-mo has always shown a sincere attitude and sincerity toward baseball since he was a rookie. He went through a difficult time at one time, but overcame it with strong mental strength. “I didn’t want to leave room for such a player to transfer to other clubs or overseas. Over the past two seasons, there have been several changes in the composition of the squad, and the squad is getting younger. In addition to being a key member of the team’s starting lineup, As a senior player, I expect that he will play a positive role on and off the field in the future,” he said about the background of the long-term contract.
Koo Chang-mo said, “I didn’t even think of a multi-year contract, but I’m grateful to the club for suggesting it first. Watching Min-woo-hyung sign a long-term free agency contract, I also had a dream of becoming an NC franchise player, and I think I’m closer to that dream with this contract. I am so happy.