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  • Pirates win bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago

    For a few days, we didn't know which MLB team won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang but we do now: It's the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    MLB has announced that Pittsburgh had the top bid during the posting window for Kang. The figure was reportedly $5,002,015.

    He was an intriguing free agent, based on his 2014 performance in Korea alone. Kang, 27, hit 40 homers and drove in 117 RBIs playing 117 games in the KBO and being named the league's MVP.

    That's not against MLB-level pitching, of course. And you should also take into account that the KBO is viewed as hitter-friendly league. Kang is the first KBO position player to be posted to MLB, which adds to his mystery.

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  • Mystery surrounds winning bid for Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    We know for a fact somebody won the rights to negotiate with shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, who on Dec. 14 became the first Korean position player ever to be posted.

    We also know for a fact that the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organzation (KBO), Kang's current employer, have accepted the higher than expected winning bid, which reportedly came in at $5,002,015.

    Per source: Nexen was expecting about $2 million in posting (low expectations after two KBO players before Kang got around that money)

    The first tweet is in reference to Kwang-hyun Kim and Hyeon-jong Yang, a pair of Korean pitchers who were posted earlier this winter. Left-hander Hyun-jin Ryu commanded a Korean record $25.7 million bid in 2012, so Kang was nowhere near that neighborhood.

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