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A little more on Chang-Yong Lim’s contract

by on Nov.29, 2010 @ 11:22 am, under NPB

A little more information has come out on Chang-Yong Lim's contract with the Yakult Swallows.

As mentioned yesterday, it's a 2-year deal that includes a "mutual" option for a third year.  If Lim stays with the Swallows for the max three years, he could earn up to 1.42B yen.  He'll also be making 360M yen, plus incentives, in the first year of the deal, which is a new club high for pitchers.  The previous team high of 240M yen was set by Kazuhisa Ishii in 2006.

Incidentally, Lim is currently 34.  Club officials told reporters yesterday that they felt he still had plenty left in the tank.  At this point, it also appears as though Lim will finish out his career in the NPB.

4 comments on “A little more on Chang-Yong Lim’s contract

    1. Gen Post author

      Does seem like a lot to pay for a player that appears in maybe 50-60 games a year.

      I wonder what’s harder: finding a good foreign pitcher or a good foreign position player.

  1. Jim

    When you consider how dominant Lim has been in three years with Yakult, I think he deserves that much. To keep a player of his caliber, I’d be ok with this contract. Although it does seem Yakult is banking a lot on Whitesell and others keeping up their good batting numbers.

    1. Gen Post author

      If you consider what Hitoki Iwase is making with the Chunichi Dragons, then you might be able to consider Lim a bargain.

      But I think the bigger issue is what both you and Steve briefly mentioned, and that’s the offense.

      The Swallows have a limited amount to spend and putting so much into a closer doesn’t seem to make much sense, especially with some of the offensive problems they experienced last year.

      So while keeping Lim certainly helps the team from losing a big arm, it also probably prevents the team from addressing other areas that should be addressed.

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