Former Mariners first baseman Dae-Ho Lee returned Monday to his former club by agreeing to a four-year deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball League for $12.9 million.
The deal was first reported by Jeeho Yoo of the Yongap News Agency, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Yoo also reported Lee’s deal is $4.3 million more than any any previous KBO contract for a free agent.
Lee, 34, batted .253 last season with 14 homers and 49 RBIs for the Mariners in 104 games after signing with the club as a free agent after four years in Japan following 11 seasons with Lotte.
The Mariners chose not to pursue Lee in the off-season after he again became a free agent. Instead, they acquired Danny Valencia in a trade with Oakland to serve as a right-handed portion of a platoon in tandem with rookie Dan Vogelbach.
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