LG Twins and Kiwoom Heroes officially announced on the 29th that “LG has made a 3:1 trade to Kiwoom, giving infielder Lee Ju-hyung (22), pitcher Kim Dong-kyu (19), and starting pitcher Choi Won-tae (26) in the first round of 2024.” With this trade, LG succeeded in reinforcing its starting lineup, which was its biggest weakness this season. In addition, Kiwoom is said to have recruited a large number of solid promising resources looking forward to the future.
Cha Myung-seok, head of LG, expressed his opinion on the possibility of additional trade on the team’s YouTube channel on the same day. Cha said, “Is there another trade you think of within the deadline?” When asked, “Do you plan to respond if you have a good offer from another team?” he said, “The trade is always open. “I’ll have to listen to the request first,” he said.
Cha then said, “There is another club that I have requested a trade with. “I requested it before Choi Won-tae’s trade was completed,” he said. “But Choi Won-tae’s trade recruitment took place.” So I don’t know if I should do this (other trade) or not…He said, “I think it’s almost the end of the trade that we can do now,” after shortening his words for a while.
For LG, which desperately needs to start, only one Kiwoom club could not have been seen. Cha said, “(Choi Won-tae) There was one more thing we talked about in case the trade didn’t work out. There is something in line with the team leader, and the trade with Kiwoom was made at a time when they asked each other to talk more. “I haven’t talked on the phone yet, but now I’m sure they’ve learned about the trade,” he said. “Even so, we can’t nail it as ‘no trade’ until the 31st has passed.” It is the idea of each team leader to do it if it helps the team, and not if it doesn’t help. That’s what I think now,” he said.
Of course, Choi Won-tae is already in his arms, so the possibility of further trade is low at the moment. Still, if another trade is made in a surprise move, it is likely to be another large trade with one or more starting pitchers.
LG manager Yeom Kyung-yeop, the head of the field, welcomed Choi Won-tae’s joining more than anyone else. Head coach Yeom met with reporters ahead of the match against Doosan in Jamsil on the 29th and said, “I recently had a hard night’s sleep because of the starting lineup, but I feel like my blocked blood is being pierced at once,” adding, “It would not have been an easy decision because it was actually a trade to send three promising players.” He then said, “I am very grateful to the head of the team, the president, and the owner of the club who allowed this trade in that situation.”
It also announced plans to operate the mound in the future. Head coach Yeom said, “Kelly and Adam Plutko, as well as Lim Chan-kyu, Choi Won-tae and Lee Jung-yong will start the starting rotation,” adding, “If Kim Yoon-sik returns later, Lee Jung-yong will play the role of a long relief.” In addition, on the day of Monday’s game, six starters are needed, and the best pitchers among Lee Ji-gang, Lee Min-ho, Lee Sang-young and Kang Hyo-jong will play.”