The player Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes) asked for advice before taking Scott Boras’ hand was Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres).
In an interview with reporters before departing through Incheon International Airport on the 27th, Kim Ha-seong said, “Before (Lee Jung-hoo signed an agent contract), he contacted me saying he was having a meeting. There was nothing to say. It was probably time for the agent to appeal to Jung-hoo. He said, drawing attention.
Lee Jung-hoo recently signed an agency contract with Boras, one of the leading agents in the US Major League Baseball (MLB). Boras has a number of major MLB players, including Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies) and Xander Bogarts (San Diego Padres). He also has a deep relationship with ‘Korean major leaguers’ including Park Chan-ho and Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays).
This winter, the posting system (private competitive bidding) attracted Japanese outfielder Yoshida Masataka (Boston Red Sox) to a major contract. Yoshida decided to go to the MLB with a big deal of 90 million dollars (110.9 billion won) for 5 years, which is much more than the market evaluation. 스포츠토토 Lee Jung-hoo, who is planning to challenge the MLB with a post after the 2023 season, prepared to enter the MLB under the management of Boras. The meeting between the best player in the KBO league and a large MLB agent was a hot topic in itself.
Kim Ha-seong is Lee Jung-hoo’s Kiwoom Heroes ‘senpai’. The two players ate together at Kiwoom and maintained a close relationship as seniors and juniors. The same is true even after Kim Ha-seong entered the MLB. He always sought advice before signing an MLB agent contract.
Kim Ha-seong said, “(Lee Jung-hoo’s father) coach Lee Jong-beom is there, and I thought he would definitely make a good choice. You just have to listen carefully and choose an agent who can do it well. In the end, he said, ‘Baseball is something you have to be good at.'”