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Softbank Hawks sign Bum-Ho Lee to a 2-year deal

by on Nov.19, 2009 @ 8:11 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks announced that they are in the process of trying to sign Bum-Ho Lee of the Hanwha Eagles out of the KBO.

Lee is a 27-year-old infielder that bats and throws with his right.  Third base was his primary position in 2009.

He also did participate in both WBC games.

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB/HBP SO AVG SLG OBP OPS
2000

Hanwha
Eagles

69 74 11 12 7 0 1 3 1 11 21 .162 .297 .271 .568
2001 71 138 22 27 7 1 3 16 2 13 25 .196 .326 .265 .591
2002 111 296 41 77 20 2 11 35 5 27 57 .260 .453 .322 .775
2003 107 323 46 77 19 1 11 38 2 52 63 .238 .406 .344 .750
2004 133 481 80 148 35 3 23 74 6 51 80 .308 .536 .374 .910
2005 126 444 69 121 27 1 26 68 6 62 94 .273 .514 .362 .876
2006 126 421 53 108 25 1 20 73 0 72 87 .257 .463 .365 .828
2007 126 418 57 103 14 0 21 63 2 77 73 .246 .431 .364 .795
2008 125 434 80 120 21 3 19 77 12 70 50 .276 .470 .377 .847
2009 126 436 64 124 21 0 25 79 3 60 70 .284 .505 .369 .873
Totals 1120 3465 523 917 196 12 160 526 39 495 620 .265 .467 .354 .821

=== UPDATE 11/20/2009 1:48AM JST

Looks like the deal is for 2 years at 300M yen.

=== UPDATE 7:13am JST

More on the contract:

It's a 2-year deal with a club option for a third year.

The first two seasons will be worth 100M yen per season.  The option year is worth 150M yen.

There's also a signing bonus worth 150M yen.

All told, the contract could be worth 500M yen over three years.

=== UPDATE 12/14/2009 8:09pm JST

The Hawks assigned the number 8 to Lee.

2 comments on “Softbank Hawks sign Bum-Ho Lee to a 2-year deal

  1. Jim

    I sort of don’t understand why SoftBank would be going after another 3rd baseman. They have a good one in Matsuda, and it would be prudent of SoftBank to re-sign Ortiz, which would add more protection for Matsunaka and Kokubo in the lineup.

    All I can see out of this potential signing is a platoon bat in the sense of Byung-Gyu Lee, or B.H. Lee spelling Kawasaki at short. The Hawks should focus on getting more pitching.

    1. Gen Post author

      The Hawks might be worried about potential injuries and making sure that they have a solid back-up.

      Matsuda is coming off an injury and Kokubo turned 38 in October. Lee could rack up quite a number of ABs if they use him to give Matsuda, Kokubo, and Kawasaki breaks.

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