November 13, 2023 10:20
Lee Jung-hoo of the Kiwoom Heroes appears likely to realize his dream of playing in Major League Baseball next season, as he has been garnering interest from big league clubs.
U.S. sports network ESPN predicted last week that Lee could sign a five-year contract worth US$63 million. That would give him an average annual salary of $12.5 million -- more than 15 times his current annual salary of W1.1 billion (US$1=W1,317).
Lee ranked 14th among 50 MLB free agents listed by ESPN. He was third among fielders following Cody Bellinger of the Chicago Cubs and Matt Chapman of the Toronto Blue Jays.
ESPN said, "Lee is a solid player who most clubs think is an everyday player… Lee probably isn't an impact type, though, a likely right fielder who can also play some center field and can hit but has just medium power."
Many U.S. sports experts think that Lee is worth an annual salary of more than $10 million.
Earlier, CBS Sports predicted he would sign a six-year contract worth $90 million.
The No.1 free agent in the MLB is Shohei Ohtani. ESPN projected Ohtani would sign a 10-year mega-contract worth $520 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers are apparently the most eager team in the hunt to sign the Japanese pitcher.
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