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  • Pirates win bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days 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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