The bidding for one of the Giants' potential free-agent targets is set to begin soon.
San Francisco is rumored to have interest in KBO center fielder Jung Hoo Lee, who along with Japanese pitchers Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Shota Imanaga are the top international free agents this offseason. San Francisco is believed to be enamored with Lee, with general manager Pete Putila scouting him on three separate occasions.
Lee will be posted Monday, his team Kiwoom Heroes announced (via Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News), officially opening his 30-day window to sign with an MLB team, and the Giants are one of the 25-year-old's many suitors.
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When Lee is posted Monday, MLB teams will have until Jan. 3 to sign the toolsy outfielder.
Lee won the KBO MVP award in 2022 after batting .349/.421/.575 with 23 home runs, 113 RBI and a .996 OPS in 553 at-bats before his 2023 season was cut short because of an ankle injury. Lee hit .318/.406/.455 with six homers and 45 RBI in 86 games last season.
MLB Trade Rumors projects Lee will land a five-year, $50 million contract this offseason.