The Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization have announced an agreement with infielder Tyler Saladino (hat tip to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). The deal comes with a $700K salary, a $100K bonus and up to $100K in incentives.
The 30-year-old Saladino, a veteran of five major league seasons, will now ply his trade overseas after the Brewers jettisoned him earlier this month. Saladino had been projected to earn a relatively modest $1MM in arbitration in 2020, but the Brewers sent him to the free-agent market when they non-tendered him.
Saladino spent two years in Milwaukee, the first of which went OK (he slashed .246/.302/.398 in 130 plate appearances), but last season was nightmarish. Across 71 trips to the plate, Saladino only mustered a .123/.197/.215 line. However, Saladino was highly successful at the Triple-A level, where he batted .287/.384/.566 with 17 home runs in 310 PA. Even in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, his output checked in 27 percent above average, per FanGraphs’ wRC+ metric.
Before his stint with the Brewers organization, Saladino spent parts of four seasons with the White Sox, who used a seventh-round pick on him in 2010. He debuted in the majors in 2015 and has since hit .226/.278/.330 with 17 HRs and 28 steals in 1,064 trips to the plate at the game’s top level. He saw extensive action at three infield positions (third, short and second) before heading to Korea.