February 15, 2021 12:48
Yang Hyeon-jong has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, the club said Sunday.
If Yang makes it to the Major League, he will be guaranteed a salary of US$1.3 million, with a separate incentive of up to US$550,000 based on his performance (US$1=W1,106).
Yang earned W2.3 billion last year as a starting pitcher of the Kia Tigers. Kia earlier promised to treat the ace to the same rewards this year.
But having achieved just about everything he could as a player in Korea, Yang refused to become complacent and instead chose to pursue his long-time dream of playing in the Major League.
And now he one step closer to the dream. But even if Yang has a successful debut season and gets his maximum pay of US$1.85 million, it will still be less than what he made last year in Korea. If he does not succeed in being called up to the Major League, he will earn less than W200 million.
But Yang's determination to play in the U.S. is so strong that he is ready to take a pay cut. When he realized he was not getting enough interest from Major League clubs, Yang gave up on conditions such as a guaranteed spot in the 40-man roster and right to refuse a minor league assignment.
Now he has to prove himself all over in spring training. The Rangers start their spring training in Surprise, Arizona this week, and Yang will leave for the U.S. as soon as he gets a work visa.
"I was able to become who I am now thanks to the Tigers fans who passionately supported me for the last 14 years. I will do my best not to make this challenge end in vain," he said.
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