One year left. Lee Jeong-hoo (Kiwoom) could write a new history in Korean baseball.
American media reported that Lee Jung-hoo joined hands with Bora Corporation. Since the beginning of this month, he has been training in LA with Lee Eui-ri (KIA), a junior at the same agency in Korea, and seems to have selected Boras Corporation as an agency locally.
Lee Jung-hoo receives Kiwoom’s consent and leaves for the major leagues through the Korea-US posting system in the 2023-2024 offseason. It is true that interest is focused on the size of Lee Jung-hoo’s contract and his new team, apart from the amount of posting that Kiwoom will take care of.
Looking back at the cases that went directly from the KBO League to the Major Leagues, the largest contract is Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays), who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2012-2013 offseason. Ryu Hyun-jin had injury issues with the Dodgers, but he had a generally successful career. After his contract with the Dodgers ended, he signed a four-year, $80 million free agent contract with Toronto in the 2019-2020 offseason and transferred.
Scott Boras, the head of Bora Corporation, is famous as ‘the devil’s agent’. He is known for his ability to bring out the most favorable conditions and large sums of money for his players. There have been reports in the US media that Lee Jung-hoo is already available for a $100 million contract. Considering that the monetary value is incomparable to that of 10 years ago, the prevailing prospect is that Lee Jung-hoo will just ignore Ryu Hyun-jin’s contract size in 2013.
Boras led Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida (30, Boston Red Sox) to advance to the major leagues this offseason. The size of the contract is five years and $90 million. Yoshida was the best left-handed outfielder in Japanese professional baseball. It remains to be seen whether Lee Jung-hoo, who is 5 years younger than Yoshida, will surpass the $100 million mark, or whether he will sign a contract of a similar size to Yoshida considering the difference in level between the KBO league and the Japanese league.
Basically, Boras will do as much sales as possible for Lee Jung-hoo. The technical evaluation of Lee Jung-hoo has already been completed, and Lee Jung-hoo’s dugout leadership and personality are known to be well evaluated. As Lee Jung-hoo takes over as Kiwoom’s captain this year, the major leagues will check Lee Jung-hoo’s appearance on and off the field for the last time.
Lastly, the most important thing is the performance of the last season at Kiwoom. Although the evaluation of Lee Jung-hoo has already ended, it is certain that if Lee Jung-hoo once again shows an impact this year around 2022, it will have a good impact on his ransom. If he leads Kiwoom to victory, he is perfect. 메이저사이트
It has already been known that Lee Jung-hoo is trying to remodel his batting form at this LA personal training session. Although no details have been revealed, it seems that the focus is on his survival in the major leagues. Lee Jung-hoo said that he did not swing for long hits, and he focused on hitting the ball hard. The change in Lee Jung-hoo’s batting style this season is also something to check. You can check it out right away at the upcoming WBC, and it is an important showcase stage for Lee Jung-hoo.