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Giants Rookie Outfielder Out for Remainder of 2024

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The San Francisco Giants announced yesterday that Jung Hoo Lee (left shoulder dislocation) will undergo season-ending surgery in the next couple of weeks and will not return in 2024. Lee signed a 6-year, $113 million contract after spending seven seasons in the KBO.

One of the best signings of the previous offseason was Lee. The Kiwoom Heroes posted the KBO star, who was then signed to a six-year, $113MM contract by San Francisco. With the exception of the deals involving Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Aaron Nola, it was the fourth-largest free agent guarantee of the winter.

Lee's age—he's only 25—was a significant consideration. He was supposed to be a top-of-the-lineup hitter who could regularly play center field for the Giants.

Lee has been slashing .262/.310/.331 with 2 home runs. Although not a spectacular slash line, Lee has proven to hit the ball hard and striking out at the low 8.2% rate.

In his final season overseas, Lee suffered an ankle injury that allowed him to only appear in 86 games. Lee will now mark the 11th player to hit the San Francisco injured list. Losing Lee is arguably the biggest hit for the Giants and will now look forward to getting their outfielder back in 2025.

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