Lee Jung-hoo (25), who is aiming to enter the major leagues, is expected to start posting in the major leagues as early as the 5th (below).
John Heyman, a columnist for the New York Post, reported on his SNS on the 4th that “Korean center fielder Lee Jung-hoo, a former KBO MVP, is expected to be posted as early as tomorrow.”
Lee’s original team, the Kiwoom Heroes, submitted Lee’s data for the Major League Baseball posting system (closed competitive bidding) to the KBO (Korea Baseball Organization) on the 22nd, and the KBO requested the Major League Baseball Secretariat to post Lee on the 24th.토토사이트
Major League Baseball’s 30 clubs will have from 8 a.m. ET on the day after the posting to 5 p.m. ET on the 30th day to negotiate a contract with Lee, and if a contract is reached, they will be required to pay a transfer fee to Kiwoom in accordance with the Korea-U.S. Player Contract Agreement. If a contract is not reached by the expiration date of the negotiations, the posting will be terminated and Lee Jung-hoo will not be posted until November 1 of the following year.
Selected by Nexen in the first round of the 2017 rookie draft, Lee batted .304 with 65 home runs, 515 RBIs, 69 doubles and 581 runs scored in 884 career KBO games. In 2022, he batted .344 with 193 hits, 23 home runs, 113 RBIs and a .996 OPS in 142 games, winning five batting titles (batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBIs and runs scored) and the regular season MVP.
Lee has also proven his competitiveness in various international tournaments, including the 2017 APBC, the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, the 2019 Premier 12, and the World Baseball Classic in 2021 and 2023. This year, injuries limited him to just 3-for-8 with six home runs and 45 RBIs in 86 games, but several major league clubs have already shown interest in signing him.
The proven national team outfielder was recently reported by local media to have 20 teams interested in signing him. The San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, who are in need of outfield reinforcements, have been mentioned as possible destinations.
Lee boarded a plane to the U.S. on March 28 and is expected to sit down with his agent, Scott Boras, for a formal negotiation. John Heyman recently predicted on his social media that “the former KBO League MVP is expected to post in early December,” and mentioned the specific date as the 5th.
There is also a possibility that Lee will have a dream meal with his close senior, Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres). “The San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and many other teams are interested in signing him,” said John Heyman, naming specific teams.
With 20 teams interested in Lee, it’s likely that the negotiations will be a three-way battle.