Yakult’s front office announced the signing of Korean lefty Hye-cheon Lee on Thursday. Lee signed a two year deal worth some $800,000.
The pitcher, signed from the KBO’s Doosan Bears has a 53W-40L-6S record in his 559 games in Korea, and sports an ERA of 4.16 in his 10 years as a pro. Like the previous Korean aquisition Chang-yong Lim, Lee saw limited playing time in the latter part of his KBO career due to injury, as he missed the entire 2007 season.
The 29 year old, who will wear number 49, says he is aiming for 10 wins in 2009 for Yakult, and boy could we do with those. He will try to get those wins with his 150+kph fastball along with his pair of sliders.
Hopefully his success for Tokyo will follow that of his compatriot Lim, rather than the last Doosan acquisition Daniel Rios who was released by the team after a positive drugs test after mere months with the organisation in 2008.
Swallows’ manager Takada was quoted as saying: “He can start or pitch in relief but we would like him to be one of our starting pitchers,”
So that means we’ll probably see Lee out in leftfield for the season opener then………….(Takada, bless him).