Lee Jung-hoo (25, Kiwoom Heroes), who has been receiving a lot of attention this major league offseason, has been mentioned as a possible signing by the 2023 World Series runner-up Arizona Diamondbacks.
On Wednesday (Aug. 3), MLB TradeRumors highlighted Arizona’s 2024 roster and offseason moves.
The A’s were looking for their second World Series title after winning it in 2001, but finished as runners-up with a 1-4 record after dropping all three games at home to the Texas Rangers. The outfield, without Rueredes Gurriel Jr. (30), was one of the issues facing Arizona. The outfield of Corbin Carroll (left field)-Alex Thomas (center field)-Gurriel Jr. has been one of Arizona’s main weapons this season, especially Carroll, who was drafted by the club with the 16th overall pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft and was considered the top rookie in the National League this year, batting .285 with 25 home runs, 76 RBI, 116 runs scored, 54 doubles and an OPS of .868 in 155 games.
He wasn’t without his weaknesses. First baseman Jake McCarthy struggled, bouncing back and forth between the minors with a .243 batting average and .644 OPS in 99 games, and Thomas hadn’t quite lived up to his promise with a .230 batting average and .644 OPS in 125 games. Enter Gurriel Jr. who was acquired in a two-for-one trade with the Toronto Blue Jays the season before. Gurriel Jr. picked up the slack offensively, batting .261 with 24 home runs, 82 RBI, 65 runs scored, and a .772 OPS in 145 games. Defensively, he posted a +14 DRS in 778 innings and was near league average in Statcast, which helped him reach the World Series.
But with Gurriel Jr.’s arbitration year ending this year and him becoming a free agent, Arizona’s woes begin again. “Arizona must decide whether or not to try to sign Gurriel to a multi-year deal,” said MLB Traderumors. Gurriel Jr. has a bWAR (wins above replacement per Baseball-Reference) of 3, which puts him in the range of players who can typically produce between 2 and 3 WAR. The contract is expected to be worth $116 million over three to four years.” “If not Gurriel, they will look outside the organization for a corner outfielder.” 무지개토토 도메인
Jung-Hoo Lee was mentioned as one of the options. Arizona recently signed Carroll and Ketel Marte to long-term contracts, and will have to make salary adjustments to its top four hitters – Christian Walker, Zach Galen, and Kevin Ginkel-Paul Seawald – before it can afford a mega-contract. As a result, they are not expected to consider Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs), one of the top free agent prospects. In the eyes of the media, Jung-Hoo Lee was the third-best outfielder in free agency.
“The best outfield free agent outside of Bellinger is Teoscar Hernandez, according to MLB Trade Rumors. He is eligible for qualifying offers, will cost a draft pick, and can sign a four-year deal.” “Gurriel Jr. is followed by Jorge Soler (Miami Marlins) and KBO star Jung-Hoo Lee (Korea Baseball Organization).”