A secondary draft will be revived for the first time in two years to ensure a smoother transition for prospects in the second team (Futures) of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
The KBO secretariat and representatives of the 10 KBO clubs held a board meeting on Wednesday at the Dogok-dong Baseball Hall in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, and voted to reinstate the secondary draft, which was held from 2011 to 2019 before being canceled in 2021.
The 10 clubs acknowledged that the futures free agent (FA) system, which was implemented in 2021 and 2022, was not as active as the second draft, and agreed to reinstate the second draft with improvements.
The secondary draft, which will be held after this season, will be held every other year and will consist of first- through third-round selections.
The KBO office and the 10 clubs have made improvements in three areas: who can be drafted in the second round, how many players can be drafted, and mandatory first-team registration of drafted players.
First, the number of protected players per team was reduced from 40 to 35 to encourage player movement and level the league.
We’ve also changed the way teams can still make a pick in the next round after not using their first-round pick.
The order in which players are drafted is in reverse order of their performance in the previous season.
After each team’s first- through third-round picks, the bottom three teams in the standings will receive two additional picks, allowing them to select up to five players.
In order to prevent player nominations from being skewed in favor of certain clubs, the KBO Secretariat has limited the number of players a team can nominate to a maximum of four.
The transfer fee that the club that nominated the player must pay to the player’s former club is 400 million won in the first round, 300 million won in the second round, and 200 million won in the third round.
The transfer fee for players in the fourth round and below, who can be selected by the bottom three teams, is set at 100 million won.
The transfer fee has increased by 100 million won from 2019, the last year the secondary draft was held.
The mandatory registration of second-round draft picks is a new rule that requires clubs to register players on the first-team roster for a certain period of time in the following year to ensure the maximum number of playing opportunities for players who change teams.
First-round picks must be registered for 50 days, second-rounders must be registered for at least 30 days, and third-rounders and below are not subject to the mandatory registration.
If a player fails to fulfill the mandatory registration requirement within two years of being drafted, he can return to his original club, or if the original club does not want him back, he will be declared a free agent.
The KBO Board of Directors also decided that, using the World Baseball Classic (WBC) drinking scandal as a lesson learned, any player who causes social controversy by engaging in off-field behavior that damages the dignity of the national team during the upcoming national team call-up period will be subject to sanctions under the KBO Code’s “Dignity-Damaging Behavior,” as well as disqualification from participation in the national team for one year or more and the loss of national award points earned in the tournament in a separate case.
When professional players participate in international tournaments such as the WBC, Olympics, and Asian Games, the KBO Secretariat compensates them with points equal to the number of days of FA registration based on their performance. One point is equal to one day of FA registration.
The KBO Board of Directors has decided to compensate players for the number of active player registrations they did not earn through participation in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in September, in addition to their national team reward points, as the league will continue without interruption.
This is in consideration of the special situation that the league will continue to be held during the Asian Games, unlike previous years, the KBO explained.
As a result, players representing the Asian Games will receive the number of registrations for the national team muster period, which is expected to be about two weeks, and enjoy special military service benefits if they win the tournament.
However, in accordance with the rule that “for competitions with military service benefits, points will not be compensated to players who have received military service benefits,” players who have not completed their military service will not receive the 25 reward points for winning 꽁머니지급.
Meanwhile, the KBO Secretariat and representatives of the 10 professional clubs discussed the introduction of a substitute foreign player system that would allow injured foreign players to be hired for a short period of time to fill in the gaps instead of being withdrawn. However, they were unable to reach a clear conclusion and decided to continue the discussion with additional details.
Finally, it was decided that the KBO Secretariat would be responsible for organizing doubleheaders or Monday games in the second half of games that are canceled due to rain or fine dust.