“We haven’t reached a peak”…”Posting Request.” Lee Jung-hoo can do more than $50 million

It’s almost time for Lee Jung-hoo’s (Kiwoom Heroes) post. Major League Baseball teams are interested in him. Media outlets are also showing a lot of interest in Lee.

On the 24th, the KBO announced, “At the request of Kiwoom, we have requested the secretariat to post Lee Jung-hoo to 30 major league clubs.”

Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR), a website that focuses on major league transfer news, said on the 24th, “It is believed that Lee will be officially posted to major league teams in early December. The delay is due to the Thanksgiving holiday.”굿모닝토토 도메인

Lee was drafted by the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom) in the first round of the 2017 KBO Rookie Draft and played in the KBO for seven seasons. In his career, Lee has amassed 1181 hits, 65 home runs, 515 RBIs, 581 runs scored, and a .340 batting average with a .898 OPS.

Lee had his best season last year. He had 193 hits, 23 home runs, 113 RBIs, 85 runs scored, a .349 batting average, a .421 on-base percentage, and a .575 slugging percentage. He led the league in batting average, hits, RBIs, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. This season, he was sidelined midseason with an ankle injury. In 86 games, he finished with 105 hits, six home runs, 45 RBI, 50 runs scored, a .318 batting average and a .861 OPS.

As the time for this post approaches, interest from major league teams has been growing. John Heyman of the New York Post reported that “20 major league teams are interested in Lee,” according to a source.

“With so many teams potentially in the hunt, Lee is expected to sign a five-year, $50 million (about 652 million won) contract or more,” MLBTR reported, citing Heyman’s report. “The San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and San Diego Padres are among the teams publicly linked to Lee.”

There are also Japanese players in the free agency market. Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes). Yamamoto is a three-time winner of the Sawamura Award, which recognizes the best pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball.

The Samsung-Keum game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on October 10, 2023. Kiwoom’s Lee Jung-hoo greets fans after the game after coming in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning./My Daily

‘MLBTR’ said, “Lee Jung-hoo is likely to get a lower contract than Yamamoto, but both players will have long primes ahead of them. They probably haven’t reached their peak yet.”

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