Fighters Re-Sign Wang Po-Jung for 2022
On November 7, Nikkan Sports reported that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have re-signed 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) for the 2022 NPB season.
The 28-year-old Taiwanese outfielder finished the 2021 NPB season with an above-average .750 OPS with nine home runs and 118 wRC+ across 95 games. (Pacific League’s average OPS is .683)
At this stage, there is no news about Wang Po-Jung’s 2022 contract details, but many speculate he is likely to face a pay cut. Even though Wang posted a 118 wRC+ and performed above the league average, but being a foreign hitter, it might not be enough.
The Fighters signed Wang Po-Jung out of the CPBL at the end of 2018 to a three-year deal worth four million USD.
UPDATE #1: Wang Po-Jung’s agency have revealed the contract detail. The Fighters re-signed Wang to a one year deal worth 70 million yen (roughly 620,000 USD) excluding performance incentives.
UPDATE #2: According to ETtoday, apart from the 70 million yen (620,000 USD) salary, there is also an additional 30 million yen (270,000 USD) worth of performance incentives for Wang Po-Jung in the 2022 season.
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Wang Po-Jung NPB Stats (2019-2021)
- 2019: .255/.321/.327 with 3 HR
- 2020: .207/.263/.322 with 2 HR
- 2021: .242/.322/.429 with 9 HR
- 2021 Pacific League Average: .241/.315/.368