The Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization have re-signed infielder Dixon Machado, per a team announcement (h/t to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). It’s a one-year deal with a club option for 2022. Machado will make $650K in the first year of the deal, and he would pick up another $800K if the option were exercised, Kurtz reports. The option comes with a $50K buyout, bringing the total guarantee to $700K.
Machado hit .280/.356/.422 (105 wRC+) with twelve home runs over 551 plate appearances in 2020, his first season of KBO action. He was the Giants’ primary option at shortstop, starting 139 contests over a 144-game slate. That solid performance was evidently enough for the team to keep him in the fold for the time being.
The 28-year-old is more well-known to U.S. fans for his major league stint with the Tigers. Once a decently-regarded prospect in the Detroit system, Machado only managed a .227/.285/.295 line over parts of four MLB seasons.