The Softbank Hawks announced today that they released Bum-Ho Lee because they could not guarantee him more playing time. Lee is now expected to return to the KBO and sign with the Kia Tigers.
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Bum-Ho Lee doesn't fit into the Softbank Hawks' plans for the 2011 season. As such, the team is now trying to figure out what to do with him.
The Hawks had high hopes for Lee after signing him to a 2-year deal before the start of the 2010 season. But he never really managed to turn things on and finished with a dismal slash line of .226/.355/.294.
An unnamed club source said to reporters on Wednesday, "We're thinking about all our options, including sending Lee back to the Hanwha Eagles (KBO)." At this point, it seems the Hawks might even be willing to eat a portion of Lee's contract if it makes things any easier for Hanwha.
Bum-Ho Lee, Dennis Houlton, Brian Falkenborg, and Roberto Petagine all left Japan to return to their respective countries today via Fukuoka Airport.
With Jose Ortiz out with an injury, Bum-Ho Lee joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice yesterday. It seems Lee could see some action tonight against the Seibu Lions either as a DH, or as the Hawks starting third baseman. In either case, it seems the Hawks are hoping that Lee will be able to provide the Hawks with some pop now that Ortiz is out.
Lee's 2010 numbers so far this year:
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.
=== UPDATE 11/20/2009 1:48AM JST
Looks like the deal is for 2 years at 300M yen.
=== UPDATE 7:13am JST
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.