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Who is Jung-hoo Lee?

Padres are one of the teams interested in the Korean outfielder

World Baseball Classic Pool B: Korea v China Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images

The San Diego Padres are looking to add a couple outfielders now that Juan Soto and Trent Grisham have been traded and Jung-hoo Lee is one of their targets, according to Jon Heyman and Dennis Lin.

The Padres opened up $30+ million from the Soto trade so adding Lee is definitely doable. According to FanGraphs, San Diego’s payroll sits at around $156 million.

What should Padres fans know about him?

  • 25 years old, 6’1’’ 172 lbs
  • Bats left, throws right
  • Position: Mainly CF but can play LF and RF
  • Agent: Scott Boras
  • Teammates with Ha-Seong Kim for South Korea in the 2023 World Baseball Classic
  • Seven seasons in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) with Nexen and Kiwoom Heroes. Debuted at 18 years old
  • Required season-ending ankle surgery in July
  • KBO stats in 884 games: .340 AVG, .407 OBP, .491 SLG, .898 OPS, 65 HR, 515 RBI
  • More walks than strikeouts in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • 2017 KBO Rookie of the Year, 2022 KBO Most Valuable Player
  • Five-time KBO Gold Glove winner in five consecutive seasons from 2018-2022. First to win five consecutive since 2000
  • Contract predictions: Five years $50 million (MLBTR), Four years $56 million (The Athletic’s Tim Britton)
  • Deadline to reach agreement: 5 p.m. ET on January 3