YOUNG-PYO KO SIGNS MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT WITH KT FOR A TOTAL OF KRW 10.7 BILLION OVER FIVE YEARS KT MAN UNTIL 2028
Baseball’s KT WIZ native ace Ko Young-pyo (32) will wear a KT uniform until 2028.KT announced on the 25th that it has signed a multi-year non-free agent contract with Ko Young-pyo for a contract period of five years and a total of 10.7 billion won (9.5 billion won guaranteed, 1.2 billion won option).Ko is a KT franchise star. A graduate of Dongguk University, Ko joined KT through the 2014 rookie draft and split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen until 2018.He has been the ace since the 2021 season, when he returned from the military. He went 11-6 with a 2.92 ERA in 2021 and led KT to its first consecutive title, followed by a 12-7 record with a 2.78 ERA in 2023.
Upon completion of the 2023 season, KT pursued a multi-year contract with Ko, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 season. This is the first time KT has signed a non-free agent multi-year contract.”Young-pyo Ko is our best franchise star and the centerpiece of our pitching staff,” said KT President Nado Hyun. “He is an inspiring pitcher for our younger players, which is why we signed him to a non-free agent multi-year contract.” “I am grateful to the club for giving me a contract with good terms,” said Ko, “and I am very happy to continue my career as a founding member for a long time.”Ko is the sixth pitcher in the KBO to sign a non-free agent multi-year contract .In terms of total value, he is third behind SSG Landers’ Kim Kwang-hyun 스포츠토토존 (four years, 15.1 billion won) and NC Dinos’ Koo Chang-mo (up to seven years, 13.2 billion won).