‘Regular season MVP’ Kiwoom Lee Jeong-hoo formalizes MLB challenge

 On the 19th, salary negotiations were delivered to the club and knocked on the ML door with a post

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On the 19th, Lee Jung-hoo visited the office of the Kiwoom club in Gocheok Sky Dome, Seoul. It was a place for salary negotiations for the 2023 season, and Lee Jung-hoo clearly conveyed his intention to advance abroad to the club.

In the meantime, Lee Jung-hoo has indirectly revealed his desire to advance overseas at events such as the All-Star Game and awards ceremonies. However, it was the first time on this day that he officially ‘declared’ that he would knock on the door of the major leagues.

A posting system that is familiar to Kiwoom

Lee Jung-hoo, who debuted on the first team stage of the KBO League in 2017 and ran without a break without skipping a single season, will fill exactly 7 seasons after the 2023 season. Therefore, he is given the qualification to challenge overseas advancement through the posting system (private competitive bidding).

From Lee Jung-hoo’s point of view, as the fastest way to go to the major leagues, Kiwoom remembers sending players away through the posting system even during the Nexen Heroes days. Kang Jeong-ho (then Pittsburgh Pirates) and Park Byung-ho (then the Minnesota Twins) did that.

Kang Jeong-ho signed a 4-year total of 11 million dollars, and Park Byeong-ho signed a 4-year total of 12 million dollars (up to 5 years total of 18.5 million dollars, including club options). Pittsburgh and Minnesota spent $5 million in 2015 and $12.85 million respectively in posting costs.

Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), who proved his value in his second year in the big leagues, also headed to the United States through the posting system. With a total of 28 million dollars over 4 years, it was stamped with a much larger amount than Kang Jung-ho and Park Byung-ho. San Diego’s posting fee was $5.525 million. 토토

This winter, Masataka Yoshida, an outfielder from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Orix Buffaloes, joined the Boston Red Sox for five years and a total of $90 million. Boston’s posting cost was $15.4 million.

Lee Jung-hoo, who has already been recognized for his ability, will he break through the posting barrier?

Lee Jung-hoo must also go through the posting system to board a plane to the United States after the end of the 2023 season. The competition is expected to be centered on teams that have been attracted to Lee Jung-hoo or need reinforcements in the outfield.

The ability of individual players has already been verified. He never missed a .300 batting average in six seasons, and had 160 hits for six consecutive years. This year, he won as many as 5 categories in personal records, including batting average, RBI, most hits, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, and even changed the record for the youngest and smallest game to hit 1,000.

In addition, Lee Jung-hoo showed an improved appearance from accurate contact ability to punch power. 23 home runs and 0.575 slugging percentage show how great Lee Jung-hoo is. He is one of the best outfielders in the league, both offensively and defensively.

On top of that, he has accumulated experience on the international stage with the 2017 Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC), 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, 2019 Premier 12, and last year’s Tokyo Olympics. It is certain that he will once again wear the Taegeuk mark at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) to be held in March next year.

The Kiwoom club will decide the method for Lee Jung-hoo’s overseas expansion in January next year. If the club ultimately respects the player’s intentions, Lee Jung-hoo is looking forward to advancing to the major leagues with the posting system for the fourth time in the history of the Kiwoom club. Lee Jung-hoo’s ‘big league challenge’, which he had only imagined, really came to reality.