Choi Won-tae, who left his family, “I’m sad about the breakup, but now I’m an LG player…I’ll adapt quickly”

SEOUL, South Korea (Yonhap) Reporter Hong Kyu-bin = Choi Won-tae still looked out of place in the pinstriped uniform of the LG Twins.The Kiwoom Heroes announced a trade on Monday morning, sending starter Choi Won-tae to LG in exchange for outfielder Lee Ju-hyung, pitcher Kim Dong-gyu and a first-round draft pick in 2024.Choi Won-tae, who was scheduled to pitch against the Gocheok Samsung Lions that day, learned of the trade at 10:30 a.m. and immediately packed his bags and went to his room.”I’m surprised and I’m still not adjusting to it,” Choi said in the afternoon at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, “I have to familiarize myself with the autograph and it’s crazy.”It’s no wonder, as he’s been playing for Kiwoom ever since he was casinositezone drafted in 2015, when he was a member of the Nexen Heroes.Other Kiwoom players, including Lee Jung-hoo, Kim Hye-sung, and Ahn Woo-jin, also took to Instagram to say goodbye.Choi Won-tae said, “I’m sad to say goodbye to the Kiwoom players because we were really close,” adding, “It will be strange to pitch against them. I wish them well,” he said.”Now that I’m an LG player, I think the most important thing is to get to know my LG seniors, brothers, and friends quickly,” he said.The trade shows LG’s ambition to win the Korean Series for the first time in 29 years.The team gave up a two-hitting prospect and a rookie first-round pick to improve its immediate weakness, the homegrown starting rotation.That means there are high expectations for Choi Won-tae.”I do feel pressure, but it’s not just me,” Choi said, adding, “The first thing is to adapt quickly.”After reaching the Korean Series last season in a Kiwoom uniform, Choi will have to lead LG there this year.”I think I can do better because I’ve been there before,” Choi said, “so I’ll focus on finishing the regular season in first place.”

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