Lee Dae-ho Signs with Orix Buffaloes, Bids Busan Fans Adieu

      December 06, 2011 11:39

      The Osaka-based Orix Buffaloes announced on Monday they have acquired slugger Lee Dae-ho, who became a free agent at the end of last season from the Lotte Giants, on a two-year contract worth 700 million yen (W10.1 billion).

      This is the largest sum commanded by a Korean baseball player in Japan. It sees the slugger edge Lee Seung-yeop, who earned 500 million yen in two years with the Lotte Chiba Marines starting from 2004, and Kim Tae-kyun, who agreed to a three-year contract with the same club in 2009 worth 700 million yen.

      Orix is scheduled to hold a press conference in Lee's hometown of Busan on Tuesday afternoon at the player's request. The club's General Manager Yoshio Murayama and Manager Akinobu Okada planned to attend but have refrained from publicizing their rare trip overseas to celebrate a new signing.

      "Okada's visit was supposed to be a surprise gift [for Lee], but it's become common knowledge after the news was leaked to the media," said a disappointed team spokesman.

      The club held similar events when it signed Lee Seung-yeop and Park Chan-ho in Seoul last year.

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