Report: Twins closing in on deal for Korean lefty

The Twins have won the bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang and are nearing a deal with the left-hander, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. The club has not confirmed.

Yang was posted earlier this month by his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, the Kia Tigers. He won league’s equivalent of a Cy Young Award this season, going 16-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 165 innings, producing a 1.40 WHIP, and 8.6 strikeouts and 4.0 walks per nine.

While those numbers don’t seem impressive in the context of Major League Baseball, the KBO is a hitter-friendly league whose overall ERA was 5.23 in 2014.

Yang, who will turn 27 in March, is listed at 6 feet tall and 172 pounds. He throws his fastball 92-95 mph and features a plus slider.

The Twins are searching for pitching help after finishing 29th in the Majors with a 4.57 ERA in ‘14, ahead of only the Rockies.

— Andrew Simon

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