The San Diego Padres, along with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, have been eyeing KBO icon Lee Jung-hoo, 25. Expectations are high that Lee and Kim will be in the same lineup again. In fact, Lee Jung-hoo’s reaction to the news was initial.
Lee is knocking on the door of Major League Baseball (MLB) through the post system (closed competitive bidding). Both the MLB and KBO are heading into the final stretch of the postseason. The MLB office’s posting announcement is just around the corner.
American media outlets are eagerly awaiting the announcement. So are the clubs. San Francisco dispatched general manager Pete Putilla to South Korea in time for Lee’s return from a left ankle injury. The New York Yankees, with a weakened outfield, have often been touted by local media as a possible destination for Lee.
This time, it’s San Diego. Kim’s current team is home to Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, all of whom are worth more than $200 million.
Lee’s move to San Diego came after the Padres failed to qualify for the postseason this season, raising the possibility that they could use a high-priced player as a trade chip to reduce their total payroll. The gist of the story is that Juan Soto, the league’s best outfielder, is up for sale, and the Padres need to acquire Lee in order to stay competitive.
“For San Diego manager A.J. Preller, who is looking for offensive consistency (fewer ups and downs) next season, ‘South Korean free agent’ (Lee Jung-hoo) could be the answer,” the East Village Times reported on Sept. 29. The outlet also reported that San Diego officials are already looking into signing Lee.
San Francisco, the New York Yankees, and San Diego are all dealing with a declining outfield. Considering that these three teams have not been stingy with their investments, it is possible that other teams with weak outfields will join the race to sign Lee.짱구카지노 도메인
If Lee joins San Diego, he will be reunited with Kim Ha-seong, who played together for four seasons (2017-2020) with the KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes. The interest in San Diego is also growing.
Lee laughed at the possibility before the final home game against the Samsung Lions on Oct. 10, saying, “(Kim) Hae-sung’s value has gone up so much that he might be traded.”
Kim’s contract with San Diego runs through 2024. If he exercises his mutual option, he will play one more season (2025) for $8 million per year. San Diego general manager Preller has been called “Mad Men” for his unconventional signings. There is some speculation that Kim could be used as a trade chip.
When asked if there were any MLB pitchers he would like to face in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March, Lee said, “All of them.” In a recent interview, he mentioned the “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin.
“I only know about the Yankees, LA Dodgers, and other famous teams. My agent will take care of it (the contract),” he said. Kim Ha-soo also laughed off the possibility of playing on the same team as Lee Jung-hoo at his return press conference on Nov. 11, saying, “We played together once (in Kiwoom)…”