SSG, which won the KBO league this year, was busy organizing foreign players for the new season because it failed to renew the contract with ace Wilmer Font (33). SSG key officials said from the beginning of Stove League, “We know that renewing the contract with Font is difficult.”
At that time, it seemed that Font would move to the United States in search of a club with fairly good conditions. However, choosing a font was a ‘challenge’. Considering the stable treatment he can enjoy in the KBO league, he made a choice close to ‘adventure’.
According to ‘Trade Rumors (MLBTR),’ which deals with the news of transfers to the American professional baseball on the 6th, Font signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. Font participates in spring camp and seeks a chance to enter the big leagues as a starting pitcher. If he enters the major leagues, his annual salary is expected to change. However, it seems difficult to expect an amount that far exceeds the ransom guaranteed by SSG ($ 1.5 million as of 2022). Moreover, Font could have earned an annual salary approaching $2 million this year if he had stayed at SSG. 스포츠토토
However, the window of opportunity for starting in San Diego is not very narrow. San Diego is preparing a five-man rotation, starting with Yu Darvish, who won 16 games last year, and Joe Musgrove, who won 10 games, with Blake Snell, Nick Martinez, and Seth Lugo. However, last year, San Diego had a six-choice system in operation, and the depth of the starting pitchers is not good either. In addition, Martinez played as a swingman last year, and Lugo played as a bullpen in the recent season, so there are many variables. You don’t know what will happen to the starting lineup before the start of the season as well as after the start.
The media also introduced Font’s brilliant KBO league history, which earned 13 wins, 5 losses and an average ERA of 2.69 by throwing 184 innings in 28 games last year, and introduced it as “a card that can add depth to the starting lineup.”
However, it remains unchanged that everything is opaque. The font has entered the 2023 season in the fog.