Korea Baseball Organization Kia Tigers announced they have re-signed the outfielder Socrates Brito to a one-year contract, reports Jee-ho Yoo of the South Korean news agency Yonhap. Brito will be guaranteed $800,000 and can earn an additional $300,000 via incentives. That’s a raise for his second season with the Tigers, after earning $600,000 guaranteed with $300,000 in incentives in 2022. Brito is represented by agency MAS+.
Brito, 30, had a solid debut campaign in the KBO last season when he hit .311/.354/.494 with 17 homers, 29 doubles, seven triples and a dozen stolen bases. He walked at a tepid 6.1% clip but was also knocked out in just 14.6% of his plate appearances.
A longtime Diamondbacks prospect, Brito has appeared in parts of four Major League seasons. He only managed a .179 / .216 / .309 slash in 218 plate appearances between the D-backs and the Blue Jays, but Brito was much more productive with regular playing time in both the KBO and in Triple-A, where he’s a Lifetime .287/.339/.467 hitter in just 1,960 plate appearances. He has played mostly right field (5,126 innings) and center field (4,883 innings) during his professional career, with the Tigers opting to deploy him as their primary center back last season.
If Brito continues to thrive against KBO’s throw and show his ability to play proficient center court, he’s young enough to still be able to stage a return to the big leagues, but for now he’ll focus on breeding. of his 2022 success next season.