CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #215
Wei Chuan Dragons News: Jake Brigham
There seem to be some complications with the Wei Chuan Dragons re-signing Jake Brigham for the 2022 CPBL season.
On January 5, the Dragons announced they had agreed to terms with Jake Brigham, just waiting for him to “sort out some loose ends” with the Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO.
A few days later, on January 11, UDN revealed the detail of these so-called “loose ends”. As it turns out, it has something to do with the CPBL-KBO Player Contract Agreement.
In article three of the CPBL-KBO agreement, the Wei Chuan Dragons (CPBL) would need consent from the Kiwoom Heroes (KBO) to sign Jake Brigham for the 2022 season.
Based on multiple reports from the media, the Kiwoom Heroes still technically hold the contract for Jake Brigham as he failed to fulfil his 2021 KBO contract due to family reasons. The Heroes placed Brigham on the voluntarily retired list back in September 2021.
According to UDN, the CPBL has reached out to KBO regarding this matter, but ultimately, the contract problem is between Jake Brigham and the Heroes. Once the issue has been resolved, the team can inform the KBO to give the CPBL the greenlight to sign Brigham.
At this stage, there is no news about how both Jake Brigham and Kiwoom Heroes will sort out this contract issue. Maybe monetary compensation to the team in exchange for the release? Or perhaps the team will just let him go out of the good of their heart?
Update #1 – Brigham Needs to Pay Heroes
On January 13, the SPOTV News reported that Jake Brigham and the Kiwoom Heroes had reached an agreement regarding the contract dispute.
Jake Brigham will need to pay back two months of his 2021 KBO salary in exchange for the Kiwoom Heroes to release his contract. After the payment, he can freely sign with the Wei Chuan Dragons and play in the CPBL.
The Wei Chuan Dragons general manager told ETtoday that the team had no intention to pay for Jake Brigham’s release from the KBO, as it is a contract dispute between Brigham and the Heroes organisation.
“This is not a transfer fee between the CPBL and KBO teams,” said the Dragons general manager. “Jake Brigham and his agent will need to sort out this problem themselves.”
Update #2 – Contract Dispute Resolved
On January 17, the Wei Chuan Dragons’ general manager informed the media that the contract dispute between Jake Brigham and the Kiwoom Heroes had been resolved. The Dragons will now able to complete the signing of Jake Brigham for the 2022 CPBL season.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2022 CPBL season.