Lee Jeong-hoo likely to sign $90M deal
They missed out on Shohei Ohtani and couldn’t even get Juan Soto. The San Francisco Giants’ desperation after coming up empty in the Stovrig trade could be a boon for Lee Jung-hoo, 25.
The San Diego Padres, who are considered a top destination for Lee, have long been interested in Lee, but a deal is not imminent, according to The Athletic. It’s been a week since the article was published on May 5, but there hasn’t been any concrete progress.
The Athletic writes, “According to a source, San Diego is not close to signing Lee. After trading Soto and center fielder Trent Grisham to the New York Yankees, San Diego lowered its projected payroll to $156 million and gained pitching depth. However, with the loss of Grisham as well as Soto, they need two outfielders and are looking for at least one more starter and several relievers. ‘Signing Lee would use up a significant portion of our remaining funds,’ he said, explaining that the payroll reduction trend makes it difficult to spend big money on Lee.
‘With Ohtani going to the LA Dodgers, 먹튀검증토토사이트 San Francisco is one of the suitors that could show interest in Lee. They probably have more money to spend than San Diego,” indicating a possible move to San Francisco.
San Francisco has yet to make the big signing they were hoping for this offseason.
They tried to sign Ohtani, but it was watered down. The Soto trade also fell through. According to the San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 11, San Francisco also tried to acquire Soto via trade. The Padres were one of 10 teams to inquire about trading Soto, but were not among the three finalists. San Diego didn’t want to send Soto to San Francisco, a fellow National League West team, and was eliminated as a trade partner early on.
The fact that the Giants jumped into the bidding war for Soto shows the extent of their outfield needs. Cody Bellinger and Jung-Hoo Lee are considered a “duo” for left field in a market that has seen a dearth of batting free agents compared to previous years. Bellinger is looking for a big contract, likely in the $250 million-plus range, and will face competition from multiple teams.
With that in mind, it’s possible that San Francisco will focus a bit more on Lee. He’s not as expensive as Bellinger, and at just 25 years old, his age plays to his strengths. With agent Scott Boras at his side, there’s also the possibility of a five-year, nearly $90 million deal for Japanese outfielder Masataka Yoshida (Boston Red Sox) a year ago.
‘Some industry insiders say they wouldn’t be surprised to see a contract close to Yoshida’s,’ said Boras, Lee’s agent, adding, ‘Lee, who is five years younger than Yoshida, is a faster runner and a stronger defender. 토토사이트 순위 The local feeling in San Diego is that Lee has the skills to be an above-average big league center fielder.
If San Francisco’s desperation after missing out on both Ohtani and Soto is directed at Lee
A larger-than-expected contract is not out of the question. Prior to Ohtani, the Giants have been shunned by other free agents in the past few years, including Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies) and Aaron Judge (New York Yankees). Each time, the Giants were linked to a signing, but they failed to materialize, hurting the franchise’s image. With only one trip to fall baseball in the last seven years, San Francisco is becoming a less desirable destination for big-name players, even though it has no shortage of money. While Lee may not be a big name in the U.S., he is a star in South Korea, and a big-money signing could help the team rebuild its image.