Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes)’s quest to play Major League Baseball (MLB) will begin in early December.
Kiwoom submitted Lee’s medical records, which are required for the MLB posting system (closed competitive bidding), to the KBO secretariat on Nov. 22.
The documents, which clearly disclose to the 30 big league clubs what treatment Lee has received since his professional debut, include signatures from doctors and trainers.
After double-checking that the necessary documents were in place according to the Korea-U.S. Player Contract Agreement, the KBO announced on April 24 that it had requested that 30 MLB clubs post the documents.
As the U.S. enters the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 23 (local time), Lee’s MLB posting is expected to take place in early December.
According to the Korea-U.S. Player Contract Agreement, Lee will be able to negotiate with all MLB clubs from 8 a.m. ET on the day after the MLB office notifies the 30 clubs of Lee’s posting until 5 p.m. ET on the 30th day.
If Lee signs with an MLB team during this period, the MLB team will pay a percentage of the contract to the Kiwoom team as a transfer fee.
If Lee fails to reach an agreement with an MLB team, he will have to return to the U.S. as a free agent (FA) after November 1 of next year or through the posting system, which requires club approval.
While the Korea-U.S. Players’ Agreement allows for a 45-day posting negotiation period, ours is shorter at 30 days.
The New York Yankees, who are currently looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder, and the San Francisco Giants, who sent their general manager to Seoul to show great interest in Lee, are considered the frontrunners in the race to sign Lee.
The New York Post reported on Nov. 24 that there are 20 clubs, or ⅔ of the big league’s total, that are interested in Lee, but the consensus is that there is a significant gap between the number of clubs that are interested and those that are actually bidding.
After the official announcement by the MLB office, Lee will travel to the U.S. to begin negotiations with his agent, Scott Boras. 파워볼사이트