Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who Bob Nightengale recently stated is the Yankees’ top objective as the Juan Soto market develops, isn’t the only foreign player that the team is interested in. The Yankees are reportedly among the teams interested in posting Korea’s top hitter, Jung-Hoo Lee, who is scheduled to be posted tomorrow, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. The San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, who include Lee’s teammate Ha-Seong Kim, were also discussed.
With an incredible hit tool and excellent plate discipline, the Grandson of the Wind could be of interest to a Yankee team looking for a centerfielder.
The Yankees’ increased interest in left-handed outfielders is exemplified by their pursuit of Jung-Hoo Lee. The Yankees have been interested in Lee for some time, but they haven’t been able to place an offer because he hasn’t been posted. That will all change tomorrow when Lee is posted and teams have 30 days to attempt to work out a deal with the left-handed hitter who is 25 years old. The first strength of Jung-Hoo Lee’s repertoire is his exceptional contact rate; throughout his previous five seasons, he struck out less than 10% of the time.
With 23 home runs, a 175 wRC+, and a.421 OBP in 2022, he won the KBO MVP award. In his professional career, he has never had a season with an average lower than.300. His batting average has never fallen below.386 as well, and the Yankees desperately need his patient approach and excellent walk rates. The Yankees saw the second fewest plate appearances with runners on base, only surpassed by the pitiful Oakland Athletics, due to their collective.304 OBP, which was among the lowest five in all of baseball.