Lee Dae-ho Tells Buffaloes He Wants to Go West

      November 15, 2013 09:49

      Lee Dae-ho

      Lee Dae-ho is likely to part ways with the Orix Buffaloes after two years with the Japanese club in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.

      Tokyo Sports reported on its website on Wednesday that the Orix had offered Lee a two-year extension worth 800 million yen, but that he recently told the team he hopes to play in U.S. Major League Baseball.

      As the Orix are not prepared to offer him additional options, the contract is not expected to be renewed before it expires on Nov. 30.

      When Lee returned to Korea last month, he said, "Every baseball player hopes to play in the MLB. If the conditions are similar, I'll choose to play in the U.S. rather than in Japan."

      Other Japanese clubs such as the Softbank Hawks and Hanshin Tigers are said to be interested in Lee. If the player struggles to find a suitor in the U.S., they may tempt him to stay in Japan with offers of a better salary or longer contract.

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