The Mariners just signed Shin-Soo Choo's Korean elementary school teammate
The Mariners have potentially added an international bat to their platoon at first base with the signing of Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee. A former KBO star, Lee spent the last four seasons playing in Japan's Nippon Professional League, where he hit .293 with 98 homers and 236 walks and became the first Korean-born player to win MVP of the Japan Series.
Lee signed a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league Spring Training and the chance to earn an additional $4 million in performance incentives.
The 33-year-old slugger was born in Busan, South Korea, where he attended the same elementary school as Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo:
The pair later played together on the 2000 Korean World Junior Baseball Championship team that won that season's tournament in Canada. Back then, only 16-year-old Joe Mauer bested Lee's average in the tournament. The more ya know ...