The KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization announced last week that they’ve re-signed righty William Cuevas and outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. for the 2024 season (h/t to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap). Cuevas will make $1.5MM, while Rojas is set for a $900K salary.
Cuevas and Rojas are each KBO veterans. The former has some major league experience, pitching with the Red Sox and Tigers between 2016-18. Cuevas pitched in Korea from 2018-22 and signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers entering last season. After a couple months in Triple-A, he was granted his release to sign a new contract with the Wiz.
The 33-year-old was brilliant in his return to Korea. He worked to a 2.60 ERA over 18 starts in the season’s final four months. Cuevas struck out 21.7% of opponents while keeping his walks to a modest 5.2% clip. While he probably could’ve found another minor league opportunity, it’s no surprise he opts for the much stronger salary he’ll receive for what will be his sixth season as a member of the Wiz.
Rojas has been on MLB radars in past offseasons but hasn’t signed with a big league club since initially joining the Wiz during the 2017 season. He hit .321/.388/.594 over parts of four KBO seasons, winning the league’s MVP award in 2020. He spent the 2021-22 campaigns in Japan and played in the Mexican League last year.