MLB Trade Rumors reported, “The New York Mets are showing great interest in Lee Jung-hoo.”
Specifically, “USA Today’s reporter Bob Knightengale reported that the New York Mets are showing strong interest in outfielder Lee Jung-hoo.”
And he added, “While New York is known to be interested in Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Shota Imana, and Lee Jung-hoo, it is clear that the Mets are looking particularly hard at overseas markets.”
The Mets signed Kodai Senga to a five-year, $75 million contract last offseason. On top of that, the media’s argument is that if one of Lee Jung-hoo, Yamamoto and Imana is recruited, it could be upgraded even more this season.
MLB trade rumors expected a five-year, $50 million contract with Lee Jung-hoo, placing him 15th on the offseason free agent list. “John Hayman of the New York Post estimated that about 20 teams, along with the Yankees, Giants and Padres, are interested in Lee Jung-hoo.” Owner Steve Cohen’s strong willingness to spend allows the Mets to have a financial advantage over other buyers.”
Finally, the media said, “There are concerns about whether Lee Jung-hoo can have enough power to become a top hitter in the Major League. However, if Lee Jung-hoo is included in the left field gap of the Mets, he can easily adapt. In particular, if Brandon Nemo moves to left field, Lee Jung-hoo can get time to play in center field. Nemo’s defensive indicators have been mixed over the past few years, so it is okay to say that Lee Jung-hoo does not show a clear performance in that position. “At least in the short term, it can definitely be upgraded defensively,” he said.
MLB’s Lee Jung-hoo’s scramble is flowing to the point of view. Big market clubs representing MLB, including San Francisco, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets, are targeting young Korean outfielders.
If the destination of the biggest fish in the FA market, such as Shohei Ohtani and Yamamoto, is decided, Lee Jung-hoo’s destination is also expected to reveal its reality soon.
Lee Jung-hoo left for the United States and is preparing for posting with Boras in earnest. Lee Jung-hoo’s scramble will begin soon.