San Francisco announced Lee Jung-hoo's contract through the club's official SNS account on the 15th (Korean time). The club expressed its welcome in Korean, saying, “Lee Jeong-hoo, welcome to the San Francisco Giants.” He then introduced Lee Jeong-hoo's brilliant career, saying, “Meet the grandson of the wind.” 지울프-토토

Lee Jeong-hoo is Korea's best hitter with a batting average of .344 (1,181 hits in 3,476 at-bats), 65 home runs, 515 RBIs, and an OPS of .898 in 884 games in the KBO League. Last year, he had a career-high season with a batting average of .349 (193 hits in 553 at-bats) in 142 games, 23 home runs, 113 RBIs, and an OPS of .996. He achieved five batting awards (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, and most hits) in the league. He even won MVP. Although he did not play many games this year due to an ankle injury, he played well in 86 games with a batting average of .300, 8 ERA (105 hits in 330 at-bats), 6 home runs, and 45 RBIs with an OPS of .861.

Lee Jung-hoo, who agreed to a six-year contract worth $113 million (approximately 146.1 billion won) with San Francisco, passed the medical test and confirmed the contract on this day. You can opt out after the end of the 2027 season, four years later, and it is a fully guaranteed contract.

San Francisco said, “Lee Jung-hoo will receive $7 million in 2024, $16 million in 2025, $22 million in 2026 and 2027, and $20.5 million in 2028 and 2029. The contract deposit is $5 million. In addition, details of the contract were disclosed, saying, “We will donate $60,000 in 2024, $80,000 in 2025, $110,000 in 2026-2027, and $102,500 in 2028-2029 through the ‘Giants Community Fund' every year.”

San Francisco, which had long hoped to recruit a star player, agreed to a 13-year, $350 million (approximately 452.6 billion won) contract with Carlos Correa (Minnesota) last winter, but the recruitment was canceled due to the player failing to pass a medical test. Lee Jung-hoo also underwent surgery to repair his left ankle extensor zone this year, so many fans were anxiously awaiting the results of the medical test, and fortunately, the contract was officially announced.

San Francisco fans are welcoming the recruitment of Lee Jeong-hoo. On the club's SNS that announced Lee Jeong-hoo's contract, "We are happy that the signing of a large-scale free agent has been officially announced," and "I hope it is a good contract!" Go Giants!”, “I love it so much. Welcome to San Francisco. Positive responses poured in, such as “We already love you!” “Honestly, we are just happy that Lee Jung-hoo passed the medical test,” said one, adding that they were glad that unlike Correa, he passed the medical test.

Lee Jeong-hoo, who receives an average annual salary of about 18.83 million dollars (about 24.4 billion won), ranked first in the team's average annual salary upon signing the contract. Michael Conforto ($18 million), Logan Webb ($18 million), Mitch Haniger ($14.5 million), Ross Stripling ($12.5 million), Anthony DeSclafani ($12 million), Taylor Rogers ($11 million) Lee Jeong-hoo was followed by Alex Cobb ($10 million) and Alex Cobb ($10 million).

Even if you look at San Francisco's past contracts, you can see how high San Francisco's expectations are for Lee Jung-hoo. Lee Jung-hoo's contract size is Buster Posey (9 years, $167 million), Johnny Cueto (6 years, $130 million), Matt Cain (6 years, $127.5 million), and Barry Zito (7 years, $100 million). It ranks 5th after ($26 million). It is truly unusual to give this level of contract to a rookie player who has not played a single game in the major leagues. When San Francisco announced Lee Jung-hoo's contract, it introduced fans to Lee Jung-hoo's achievements in the KBO League and World Baseball Classic (WBC).

Jeong-hoo Lee is expected to take on the leadoff role for San Francisco next season. Lee Jung-hoo, whose contract was officially announced, is scheduled to hold an official induction ceremony at San Francisco's home stadium, Oracle Park, located in San Francisco, California, USA on the 16th.