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SBD Global/January 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Top South Korea Baseball GMs Discuss Potential Rule Changes For KBO In 2014

GMs of top South Korean baseball league teams on Tuesday "discussed potential rule changes for the upcoming season, including tweaking the current free agency system," according to the KOREA HERALD. The officials "discussed allowing clubs to sign free agent players returning from overseas leagues to multiyear contracts." In such cases, teams "are only permitted to sign players to one-year deals." The KBO said that the officials "also discussed scrapping or raising the salary cap on foreign players." The cap is currently set at $300,000, but even team officials have said that "it was the 'worst kept secret' that teams have long been paying their imports more money than is allowed, especially players with Major League Baseball experience." The exec committee "also looked into playing on Mondays," usually an off day for the league, to squeeze in games, since the KBO "will be put on hold for the Asian Games baseball competition in September in Incheon, west of Seoul." The KBO teams "will release their star players for the national team for the continental event, where South Korea will try to defend its gold medal" (KOREA HERALD, 1/7).
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