Handful of clubs interested in Korean SS Kang

With the news that Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is likely to be posted next week, CBSSports.com‘s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Mets, Giants and A’s are among the clubs interested in him.

The 27-year-old has spent the last nine seasons playing in the Korean Baseball Organization, posting some gaudy numbers, should they translate to the position in the Majors.

Over 116 games last year,  Kang hit 39 home runs with 115 RBIs, a .354 average and a 1.189 OPS with the Nexen Heroes. The free agent and trade market for shortstops is thin, though Heyman reports that many Major League clubs view Kang as a second baseman.

The Giants have Brandon Crawford at short (and Heyman says Joe Panik could move to third to replace Pablo Sandoval and leave room for Kang), but the Mets have explored multiple options at the position, though they’re willing to give Wilmer Flores a shot. The A’s have the most pressing need at shortstop, with Nick Punto, Eric Sogard and Andy Parrino on the depth chart.

— Joey Nowak

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