Fierce competition to recruit Lee Jung-hoo…”20 teams including the Yankees are interested”

Lee Jung-hoo (25-Keum Heroes) is reportedly receiving interest from as many as 20 teams as he prepares to enter Major League Baseball (MLB) via the posting system (closed competitive bidding).

The New York Post mentioned Lee on Thursday (June 24) in a report on the New York Yankees’ plans to bolster their outfield for the upcoming season.굿모닝토토 도메인

The Yankees don’t have a clear-cut outfielder outside of Aaron Judge, who broke the American League home run record (62) last year, so they’ll be looking to bolster their outfield this offseason.

The outlet first reported that the Yankees were interested in free agent outfielders Cody Bellinger and Juan Soto, a teammate of Kim’s (San Diego Padres).

The third name on the list is Lee Jung-hoo. “The Yankees have made inquiries about Lee, but 20 teams (including the Yankees) are interested in him,” the New York Post reported, adding that the competition for Lee is fierce.

Lee is one of the best hitters in the KBO, batting .340 with 1,081 hits, 65 home runs, 515 RBIs, 581 runs scored, 69 stolen bases, a 0.407 on-base percentage and a .491 slugging percentage in 884 career games. Last year, he was named the KBO’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and won five batting titles (batting average, hits, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage).

At 25 years old, Lee is young and can play center field defense, which is why he’s attracting so much interest from major league teams.

MLB.com ranked him 14th on their list of 25 free agents. He could sign a big contract, with ESPN projecting a five-year, $63 million deal and CBS Sports projecting a six-year, $90 million deal.

Lee, who played seven seasons in the KBO from 2017 to this year, is eligible to play overseas through the posting system. His team, Kiwoom, has also approved the move, so there are no obstacles to him reaching the major leagues.

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