Report: Korean shortstop Kang to be posted Monday

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted Monday, according to

Kang, 27, is a power-hitting shortstop who has spent the last seven seasons playing for the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization. He’s coming off a career year in which he hit .354 with 39 home runs, 115 RBIs and a 1.189 OPS in 116 games.

While those numbers are eye-popping, Korea professional baseball is an extremely offensive environment; teams averaged 5.7 runs per game last season, compared to Major League Baseball’s 4.1 mark.

Kang is a career .298/.382/.502 hitter with four seasons of 20-plus homers. He also stole a career-high 21 bases in 2012, but that number dipped to three last season.

Although the shortstop market is thin, many clubs view Kang as a second baseman. CBS Sports reported earlier this week that the Mets, Giants and A’s are interested in the infielder.

The Mets and A’s both need middle-infield help, while the CBS Sports report speculates the Giants could move Joe Panik to third (replacing Pablo Sandoval) and put Kang at second.

— Cash Kruth


He hit .354 with 40 home runs

He did, but those impressive numbers were likely inflated to the Korean Baseball Organization is extremely hitter friendly, just like the Pacific Coast League is.

the bluejays should try and sign him for 2B. It would definitely be worth the gamble. if he hits for avg without power will still be worth it. no prospects to lose except some financial. and Use Dioner Navarrro as trade bait for bullpen help.

How inflated could they be? If you get 25 homers from a middle infielder, it takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the lineup. Go Giants!

The most defect of him is his hitting poem. his left leg goes up like henry ramirez. so he can be weak to mlb pitcher’s breaking ball.

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