|Thursday, December 23
Red Sox sign Korean LHP Sang-Hoon Lee to a two-year deal
BOSTON (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox today added a second Korean pitcher, signing lefthander Sang-Hoon Lee to a two-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 28-year-old Lee won the Korean equivilent of the Cy Young Award in 1995, posting a 20-5 record over 228 1/3 innings with the LG Twins. He allowed 150 hits while walking 51 and striking out 142.
"Sang Lee is the best lefthanded pitcher in Korea and has been both a top starter and reliever in the Korean League," Boston general manager Dan Duqette said. "He provides us with additional depth, particularly lefthanded depth, which is very valuable as there is a premium for lefties in the majors."
Lee joins countryman Jin Ho Cho, who went 2-3 with a 5.72 ERA in nine appearances for the Red Sox last season. He also is the second lefthander signed in as many days, joining Jeff Fassero.
Duquette said there were six major league teams vying for Lee's services.
"We have been following Lee for long periods of time and attempted to sign him two years ago, but we were unsuccessful in securing the appropriate official approvals."
In 1997, the 6-1, 190-pounder was named the top reliever in Korea, recording a 10-6 record and a league-high 37 saves.
After the Red Sox failed to land Lee, he signed with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Central League. Over two seasons in Japan, he was 7-5 with a 3.30 ERA and three saves in 47 appearances.