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Lotte announced on the 17th that it has hired outfielder Victor Reyes (29) and re-signed Charlie Barnes (28).
Reyes signed a contract for a total of $950,000 (about 1.24 billion won), including 700,000 guarantees and 250,000 incentives.
Reyes is 196 centimeters tall and weighs 87 kilograms, and is capable of right-handed hitting and outfield positions.
He played in 394 games in five seasons in the Major League, recording a batting average of 0.264. In particular, his contact ability and strong batting production are evaluated as advantages based on his simple swing.
In the 2023 season, he also has slugging capability with 20 home runs in Triple-A under the Chicago White Sox. In addition, he has excellent defensive skills, including strong shoulders and wide field of defense, and can play in all outfield positions.
Reyes said, "I'm happy to join Lotte's great team," adding, "I'm very excited about the 2024 season and I'll do my best to help the team."
Park Joon-hyuk, the general manager, said, "We hope that Reyes will quickly adapt to the KBO league and play a central role in the team's batting lineup through his athletic ability and attitude to focus on baseball."
Barnes renewed his contract for a total of $1.35 million (1.76 billion won), including $1.2 million in guarantees and $150,000 in incentives.
Barnes has achieved more than 10 wins in both seasons in the KBO League, and has played 356 ⅔s, the second-most in the league. In particular, in the second half of the 2023 season, he ranked first in the league with a 2.05 ERA, showing stable game management.
Barnes, who accompanies Lotte for three consecutive years, said, "I'm very happy to have the opportunity to be with Lotte again," and vowed, "I want to return to Busan as soon as possible and throw it for the team in front of the fans who send me the best support."
The club highly appreciated Barnes' steady ability to play innings and judged that he was a proven left-hander first starter who had already adapted in the KBO League.
Lotte re-signed Aaron Wilkerson and Barnes, and hired a batter to serve as the center of the team's batting lineup to complete the formation of foreign players.
Meanwhile, the club recruited left-hander Lim Joon-seop.
Lim Joon-seop, who was designated as the KIA Tigers in 2012, will wear Lotte's uniform after going through the Hanwha Eagles and SSG Landers.
"He played in 200 games during nine seasons in the KBO League. He has competitive edge as a left-hander, including Lim's experience in mound management and stable ball control," Lotte said.
Saturday, December 16, 2023