SEOUL – Dae-ho Lee is returning to the Lotte Giants in South Korea. The former Seattle Mariners and Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks slugger has signed a 4-year contract with the Giants of the KBO.
Last season in 104 games with Seattle, Dae-ho blasted 14 home runs over 292 at bats while hitting .253. The 34-year old returns to Busan where he began his career playing 11 seasons and winning the 2010 KBO MVP with the Giants before heading to Japan.
He is a career .309 hitter in the KBO with 225 home runs, including 44 in 2010. He is a 2-time Japan Series champion (2014, 2015) with the Hawks and won the Japan Series MVP in 2015.
According to the Korea Times, his deal with Lotte is worth 15 billion won, $12.9 million, which is the largest contract for a free agent in KBO history.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.