Lee Jung-hoo is trying out for Major League Baseball (MLB) through the post-season posting system (closed competitive bidding). He has been linked to several teams, including the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees, and is expected to make it to the MLB. If he does make it to the MLB, the biggest question will be the size of his contract. This will be interesting to watch for Kiwoom. Depending on what kind of contract Lee signs, the amount of the posting fee will also change.레모나토토
In the past, the club with the highest posting fee would negotiate with the player exclusively. Under the revised 2018 KORUSA, the current posting fee is determined by the size of the contract. If the guaranteed amount offered by an MLB team to a player is $25 million (KRW 33 billion) or less, the posting fee is 20% of that amount. If the total guaranteed contract is between $25 million and $50 million ($3.3 billion to $6.6 billion), then 20% of $25 million ($5 million to $6.6 billion) plus 17.5% for amounts over $25 million.
If the total amount of coverage exceeds $50 million (6.6 billion won), the posting amount is calculated by adding 20% of $25 million ($5 million), 17.5% of $25 million to $50 million ($43.75 million to $58 million), and 15% of the amount over $50 million. Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres), who signed a $28 million (KRW 3.7 billion) guaranteed contract with San Diego, had a posting cost of $5.52 million (KRW 7.3 billion).
Lee Jung-hoo’s posting fee is expected to surpass Kim Ha-sung’s. On April 10 (KST), ESPN, an American sports channel, ranked Lee Jung-hoo 14th in its top 50 free agents. According to ESPN, Lee’s contract will be for five years and total $63 million ($82.9 billion). “The deal will be subject to a posting fee of just over $11 million (KRW14.5 billion),” ESPN said, “The last KBO position player to receive a posting fee of this magnitude was San Diego infielder Kim Ha-seong. Kim posted WAR (wins above replacement) of 3.7 and 4.4 over the past two seasons,” he added. The contract projected by CBS Sports in the U.S. was for six years and a total of $90 million ($118.9 billion). That’s a lot more than ESPN, so the cost of posting is bound to be higher. Both ESPN’s and CBS Sports’ projections far exceed the total cost of Kim’s contract.
Lee is arguably the best outfielder in the KBO. Last season, he won the KBO’s five hitting titles (batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage), including back-to-back batting titles, and was named the league’s first Most Valuable Player (MVP). This season, injuries limited him to 86 games (.318 with six home runs and 45 RBIs). Despite the dip in his individual performance, interest from big league clubs remains strong.