Prospective major leaguer Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom) teamed up with ‘super agent’ Scott Boras (71). Attention is focusing on whether the largest direct contract in the Major League (MLB) from the KBO League, surpassing Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto), will be concluded.
John Heyman, a baseball columnist for the New York Post who is well versed in MLB, posted on his Twitter on the 25th (Korean time), “Lee Jung-hoo, who is the KBO League MVP and will challenge the US stage next year, has hired Boras Corporation.” 온라인카지노
Lee Jung-hoo, who had the best season last year by winning five KBO league batting crowns, left for the United States at the beginning of this month and is undergoing personal training. After this season, Lee Jung-hoo, who is qualified for overseas advancement through the posting system, has already declared an MLB challenge and received approval from the club. Lee Jung-hoo seems to have chosen Boras, a representative American sports agent, in the process of finding a local agency to accompany him in the process of advancing into the MLB along with a domestic agency.
Lee Jung-hoo will move to Arizona on the 1st of the new month, digest team training at Kiwoom’s spring camp, and join the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team training on the 15th of the same month. It is expected that local scouts will visit Kiwoom’s spring camp one after another to see Lee Jung-hoo. It seems that Boras’ sales will also start slowly from this time. Attention is already focused on what kind of contract Boras, called ‘an angel to the players and a devil to the club’, will draw a year later. In the past, Park Chan-ho (50) and Ryu Hyun-jin also had a confrontation with Boras as an agent.
The MLB Secretariat introduced the posting system in 1998 to sign contracts with Korean and Japanese players who wanted to enter the MLB before becoming free agents. At first, the club that presented the highest posting amount (transfer fee) was given exclusive negotiation rights, but since 2018, all 30 clubs have been negotiating, and up to 20% of the transfer fee has been calculated separately depending on the size of the contract.
Starting with Ryu Hyun-jin in 2013, Kang Jeong-ho (37) in 2015, Park Byung-ho (37) in 2016, Kim Gwang-hyun (35), and Kim Ha-seong (28) in 2020, there are five people from the KBO League who went directly to the MLB through the posting system. Ryu Hyun-jin signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a transfer fee of 25,737,737 dollars (approximately 31.8 billion won, hereinafter based on the current exchange rate) and 6 years, 36 million dollars (44.4 billion won). Ha-seong Kim, who signed a guaranteed contract with the San Diego Padres for 4 years and 28 million dollars (34.5 billion won) in the revised system, left Kiwoom with a transfer fee of 5.525 million dollars (6.8 billion won).
If Lee Jung-hoo signs a contract worth 100 million dollars (123.4 billion won), the transfer fee will be 16.875 million dollars (20.8 billion won). If you sign a Brandon Nemo-level contract, which was recently renewed for 8 years and 162 million dollars (199.9 billion won) with the New York Mets, you can surpass the scale of the transfer fee left by Ryu Hyun-jin.