“KBO Destroyer” MVP Returns…”Rohas Jr. in Contract Agreement Stage with KT”

The KBO’s reigning MVP foreign hitter is set to return to Korea. 2020 MVP Mel Rojas Jr. is reportedly set to re-sign with the KT Wiz.

“According to sources, Mel Rojas Jr. is close to reaching a contract agreement with the KT Wiz of the Korean Professional League,” MLB Insider Mike Rodriguez reported on Thursday (June 6).

Rojas Jr. played for KT from 2017-2020 before leaving in 2021 to sign with Nippon Professional Baseball’s Hanshin. KT holds the holdout rights, and it appears he will return to KT after a four-year absence.

KT waived Alford, who played this season, by removing him from the disabled list. Alford joined KT last year as a replacement player, batting .288 with 14 home runs, 50 RBIs, 48 runs scored and an OPS of .871 in 80 games. KT re-signed Alford after last season for a total of $1.1 million.토토사이트

This year, Alford played in 133 games, batting 2-for-8 with 15 doubles, 15 home runs, 70 RBI, 83 runs scored, and an OPS of .812. While his batting performance wasn’t a major setback, his postseason performance was a disappointment, and his nagging outfield defensive issues led to the team deciding not to re-sign him.

KT had to find a new foreign hitter. They reconnected with Rojas Jr. Rojas played four seasons with KT, batting .322 with 633 hits, 132 home runs, 409 RBI, 350 runs scored and 27 stolen bases in 511 games.

He hit triple digits in four straight years and hit 43 home runs and 114 RBIs in 2018. He had a breakout year in 2020, batting .344 with 47 homers, 135 RBI, 116 runs scored, and a 1.097 OPS in 142 games. He led the league in home runs and RBIs and was named the regular season MVP. He was the first foreign hitter to take the KBO by storm since Temes, who achieved the “40 home runs + 40 doubles” feat in 2015.

At the end of the 2020 season, Korean and American clubs battled for Rojas Junior. KT tried to hold onto Rojas Jr. but lost out to Nippon Professional Baseball’s Hanshin. Rojas left for Hanshin on a two-year contract.

However, Rojas failed to adapt to Nippon Professional Baseball. He missed the start of the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed his arrival in Japan. His struggles in the 2022 season continued with a batting average in the low teens, which led to an extended stay in the second team. In 60 games in 2021, Rojas hit just .663 with eight doubles, eight home runs, and 21 RBIs, while in 2022, he hit .732 with nine doubles, nine home runs, and 27 RBIs in 89 games.

Rojas played in the Mexican League this year and is currently in the Dominican Winter League. In 33 games for Tigres del Rey, Rojas is batting 2-for-9 (32-for-108) with five home runs, 14 doubles, 20 RBI, 33 walks, 26 strikeouts, and a .977 OPS.

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