The speculation is over. Lee Beom-ho had to choose between being the only competent hitter with Hanhwa, jumping to Lotte or making the move across the sea to Japan. He announced his decision today. Lee has signed a 3 year(2 years plus 1 option year), 500 million yen deal with the NPB's Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
That massive thud you just heard was new Hanhwa manager Han Dae-hwa's head hitting his desk. Han now has a team coming off a 46 win season without its 2 best hitters. An exact quote from Han, "I would like to cry." So would all the Hanhwa fans, Manager Han, so would all the Hanhwa fans.