SSG Landers embarks on a radical generational shift. Two immediate 30-something veterans were shockingly removed from SSG’s 35-man protected list ahead of the KBO Secondary Draft.
The KBO reintroduced the secondary draft in 2023 to help level the league and ensure more opportunities for players.
The secondary draft, which was held every other year from 2011 to 2019, was eliminated in 2021. When it returns after the 2023 season, the secondary draft will be held every other year as before, with players being selected in rounds one through three.
Unlike previous secondary drafts, the number of players eligible to be drafted has been reduced from 40 to 35 to encourage player movement (except for players in their first to third years of eligibility, current year free agents, and players who were on the 35-man protected list but were traded as compensatory free agent signings before the second draft was held), and players can still be drafted in the next round after declaring a top-round pass.
Nominations are made in the reverse order of the previous season’s performance in each round. After each team’s first through third round picks, the bottom three teams in the standings will be granted two additional picks, bringing the total up to five. Meanwhile, a team can nominate up to four players to prevent players from being favored by certain clubs.굿모닝토토 도메인
The transfer fee is 400 million won for the first round, 300 million won for the second round, 200 million won for the third round, and 100 million won for the fourth round and below, which is reserved for the bottom three teams.
The new mandatory registration rule is aimed at ensuring as much playing time as possible for players who have moved teams in the second round of the draft by mandatorily registering on the active roster (first-team roster) for a certain period of time in the following or subsequent years.
During a season, first-rounders are required to register for at least 50 days, second-rounders for at least 30 days, and there is no mandatory registration for third-rounders and below. If a player does not meet the standard within two years of being drafted, he will return to his original club after the end of the second season, or if the original club does not want to return the player, he will be announced as a free agent (50% of the transfer fee will be returned to the transferring club if the player returns to the original club).
MK Sports has learned that SSG, which is actively pursuing a generation change, has removed two veteran players in their 30s from the 35-man roster. Both players are attractive immediate first-team options that could immediately bolster their respective teams’ weaknesses. In particular, one of the two players is expected to be an early first-round pick.
An official from the Seoul Metropolitan A team said, “We heard that SSG is in a strong mood to change the generation as they fired coach Kim Won-hyung, who led the team to third place this year after winning the wire-to-wire title last year. It is likely that both players who were removed from the protected list would not have received such a result if not for the firing of coach Kim Won-hyung. It is expected that not only SSG, but also other teams will have a lot of immediate resources available through this second draft.”
The revived KBO Secondary Draft will be held behind closed doors on November 22. It will be interesting to see if the two veteran players in their 30s who SSG removed from the protected list will be wearing another team’s uniform on that day.