Wes Benjamin ‘Wins number two’ has re-signed to KT Wiz

KT Wiz has re-signed ‘Wins number two’ Wes Benjamin (30), becoming the first of the 10 teams to complete its foreign player roster for next season.

“KT Wiz re-signed foreign player Wes Benjamin on Wednesday for a total of $1.4 million (approximately 1.8 billion won),” the team announced.

“Benjamin, who is in his third season with KT, was an integral part of the starting staff, going 15-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 29 regular-season appearances, and was an ace in the postseason,” the organization said in explaining the re-signing.

“Benjamin is a proven left-hander in the KBO and we look forward to having him anchor our starting pitching staff next season,” said KT Nadahyun.

Benjamin joined KT in May 2022 for an annual salary of $331,000 (about 400 million won) to replace ace William Cuevas, who left the team due to injury. He was recommended by Yang Hyun-jong (KIA Tigers), who had a stint with the Texas Rangers at the time, and was re-signed for $1.3 million (approximately KRW 1.7 billion) after going 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 17 games.

Benjamin continued to excel in his secondary role this year, going 15-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 29 games.

He earned the trust of the club by finishing second in wins behind regular season MVP NC Eric Peddy (20), and signed a second contract for $1.4 million, up $100,000 from last year.

Earlier in the day, KT re-signed 2020 MVP Mel Rojas Jr. for a total of $900,000 (approx. KRW 1.1 billion), and on the same day, 먹튀검증토토사이트 re-signed undefeated pitcher William Cuevas for a total of $1.5 million (approx. KRW 1.9 billion).

Rojas joined KT in the 2017 season as an alternate foreign-born hitter, and in four seasons, he batted .633 with 132 home runs, 409 RBIs and 350 runs scored. In 2020, he won the regular season MVP award after leading the league in home runs (47), RBIs (135), runs scored (116), and on-base percentage (.680).

Rojas was recruited by the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball and signed a two-year contract for the 2021 season, but he left Japan on a bittersweet note after failing to adapt to Japanese baseball, which is one level above the KBO.

After signing with KT, Rojas said, “I’m happy to wear the KT uniform again. I have a lot of good memories of playing for KT, and I wanted to come back. I’m looking forward to seeing my teammates and fans again.”

Cuevas joined the team in June as a replacement for Bo Schuler and became the first foreign pitcher to succeed as a replacement.

After winning the 2021 title, he was forced to leave the team last year after just two games due to injury, but with his upgraded skills, he became the third pitcher in KBO history to win 13 games without a loss, joining Oh Bong-ok (1992) and Kim Hyun-wook (2002). A first for a foreign player. Coach Lee Kang-cheol credited Cuevas with leading the team from last place to second.

“We watched Rojas when he played in other leagues. I thought he was still competitive. I expect him to be able to show his skills now that he’s on a familiar team. Cuevas has already proven his skills and is in good physical condition, so we re-signed him. We are looking forward to having him play an ace role next season.”

With the signing, KT is the first of 10 clubs to complete its foreign player roster for the 2024 season. With a total of $3.8 million (approximately 5 billion won), the team is expected to have the strongest foreign player roster next season, with the returning MVP, winning percentage leader, and second in wins.

“Cuevas, Rojas, and Benjamin will join the spring training camp in February next year in Gijang, Busan,” KT said in a statement.

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