“Ransom 5 years, 830 billion won”… MLB challenge predicts a big win after Lee Jeong-hui
Lee Jung-hoo, 25, who has declared his intention to play in the major leagues next year, will sign a five-year, $63 million contract, according to an analysis. That’s an average of $12.5 million per year (about 16.6 billion won). That’s more than 15 times the salary he earned at Kiwoom this season (1.1 billion won).
ESPN, an American sports channel, made the prediction on Tuesday, ranking Lee 14th among major league players looking for a team as a free agent next year. He is third on the list behind Cody Bellinger (28) and Matt Chapman (30). “He’s considered a starter by most big league clubs,” ESPN said, adding that he has medium power and can play both right field and center field. American sports experts generally agree that Lee is worth more than $10 million per year. Earlier, CBS Sports projected Lee’s contract to be six years and $90 million ($15 million per year). 캡틴토토 도메인
The No. 1 overall free agent is Shohei Ohtani, 29. ESPN predicts that he will sign a massive 10-year, $520 million contract. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the frontrunners in the race to sign Ohtani. Outside of the Dodgers, the deep-pocketed Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are dark horses. The Mariners are the team that Ichiro Suzuki, one of the idols of Japanese baseball players, played for. Ichiro is now a special assistant to the Mariners’ president. ESPN’s No. 2 free agent is Orix Buffaloes right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 24. After winning four pitching titles in three consecutive years, an unprecedented feat in Japanese baseball, Yamamoto has declared his intention to challenge for the major leagues next year. His contract is expected to be for seven years and $212 million, or an average of $30.3 million per year.
Ohtani won his second Major League Baseball (MLB) Silver Slugger award earlier in the day. It was for the American League’s designated hitter. The Silver Slugger is voted on by managers and coaches from 30 clubs to recognize the most outstanding offensive performances of each position player during the year. Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), the first Korean major leaguer to win a Gold Glove, was nominated for the Silver Slugger National League Utility Player Award, but was edged out by Cody Bellinger (28, Chicago Cubs).
Ohtani has also been making waves outside of baseball. He announced the donation on Instagram on Sept. 9, saying, “I will donate 60,000 baseball gloves, three each, to more than 20,000 elementary schools in Japan,” adding, “I want them to have a healthy and enjoyable day through baseball, and I look forward to sharing the future with the children who use these gloves.” Ohtani reportedly spent 6 billion won with the help of his sponsor (New Balance).