Slugger Byung Ho Park (cover picture), who homered for Korea in the inaugural Premier12 championship game, is moving back from the United States to his home country. He signed a one year contract for the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) Nexen Heroes, the team he played for from 2011 to 2015, before moving to the USA. Byung Ho Park was 2 times, 2012 and 2013, KBO MVP and had 2 consecutive 50 home run season, 2014 and 2015, while playing for the Nexen Heroes.
The Minnesota Twins had invested 12.85 million dollars on Byung Ho Park for negotiating rights and 12 more on a 4 year contract. He played only 62 games for the Twins in the 2016 season, before being demoted to Triple A. He spent his whole 2017 season with the Rochester Red Wings, before returning home.
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Outfielder Son A Seop was on the Premier12 gold medal team in 2015 and became a free agent after the 2017 season. Unlike Byung Ho Park, he didn’t pursue a Major League career but decided to re sign with the KBO Lotte Giants.
Son A Seop agreed to a 4 year 9 million dollar deal.
The Giants landed another priced free agent as they signed All Star outgielder Min Byung-hun to a 4 year 7.3 million dollar deal.
Another player who tried to pursue a career in the USA but returned to Korea is third baseman Hwang Jae Gyun. He left the San Francisco Giants and will play the 2018 season for the KT Wiz. Hwang signed a 4 year 8.1 million dollar deal.