‘Expecting 65 to 73.3 billion’ Lee to sign a jackpot contract! “San Francisco and the Beast 4th largest contract” ML predicts

November 8, 2023 | by

“San Francisco signs Jung-Hoo Lee to the fourth-biggest contract of the offseason”

Jim Bowden, formerly of the Washington Nationals and now a columnist for The Athletic, made his predictions for the 2023-2024 offseason on July 7 (ET). In the process, he predicted that Jung-Hoo Lee would sign with the San Francisco Giants.

With the World Series (WS) in the books, Major League Baseball is about to enter the stovepipe, a time when free agent-eligible players are evaluated by teams in the market. This year, there are several players who will be moving from Asia to the United States. Among them, Lee Jung-hoo has garnered the most attention from Korean fans.

Lee had a career-high season last year, hitting .349 with 23 home runs, 113 RBIs, 85 runs scored, and a .996 OPS in 142 games, winning his first MVP title and taking home five batting titles (batting average, runs scored, RBIs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage). After the season, he announced that he would be entering the major leagues through the posting system. He joined hands with Scott Boras, now known as the Devil’s Agent, and is ready to challenge the major leagues.

Lee was unable to play a full season this year due to ankle surgery. However, in 86 games, he hit .318 with 105 hits, six home runs, 45 RBIs, 50 runs scored, and a .861 OPS, which has drawn interest from major league teams. The New York Yankees have been labeled as a favorite to sign Lee since the news broke that he would be joining the major leagues.

The San Diego Padres, who have an Asian infielder in Kim Ha-seong, the first Korean to win a National League Gold Glove in the utility category, are also considered a favorite to sign Lee. The Padres have proven that they can handle Asian hitters. The San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cleveland Cavaliers are also expected to join the race to sign Lee.

There’s been a lot of talk about the lack of “big name” players in this year’s Major League Baseball free agency market, but so far, so good. Just take a look at the free agent rankings by local media in the United States. Former Major League Baseball general manager Jim Bowden ranked Lee 37th, but CBS Sports ranked him 15th, FOX Sports ranked him 4th, and Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR) ranked him 15th.

Lee’s current asking price is not far behind. The Athletic’s Jim Britton estimated that Lee could get four years and $56 million, while MLBTR estimated five years and $50 million. Kim signed a 4+1 year deal with San Diego ahead of the 2021 season worth up to $39 million (approx. KRW 51 billion), with only $28 million (approx. KRW 36.6 billion) in guaranteed money. 아톰카지노 도메인

With that in mind, Bowden took some time to look ahead to this year’s Stovrig, and Lee’s name came up. “San Francisco signed Lee to the biggest contract of any free agent outside of Ohtani, Cody Bellinger, and Matt Chapman,” Bowden said. Lee predicts that he will wear a San Francisco uniform, the team that has shown the most active interest in him.

Even though Lee has been out of action due to injury, the Giants have been so interested in Lee that general manager Pete Putilla personally traveled to Korea and visited the Gocheok Sky Dome to watch him train. The Giants are determined to add to their pitching staff this year after failing to sign Carlos Correa (Minnesota) and Aaron Judge (Yankees) last year.

If the general manager traveled to Japan to see Lee Jung-hoo, Farhan Zaidi traveled to Japan to observe Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix Buffaloes), the “ace” of Nippon Professional Baseball, who is the most hotly sought after pitcher other than Ohtani. In addition to pursuing Lee and Yamamoto, the Giants are also interested in “big fish” Otani.

Not all predictions are correct, even with the former Washington manager. However, from the perspective of a former general manager, Lee could be the next big thing in San Francisco’s lineup, and the fourth-largest contract in the game behind Ohtani and the rebounding Bellinger and Chapman. As time goes on, interest in Lee’s potential destination is heating up.


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