Pirates reportedly win bidding for Kang

The Pirates placed the winning bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Pittsburgh will have an exclusive 30-day period to negotiate with Kang. The $5 million bid was the second highest for a Korean baseball player, trailing the $25.7 million bid the Dodgers posted for Hyun-Jin Ryu in 2012.

If the two sides agree to a deal, Kang’s former team, the Nexen Heroes, will receive the $5,002,015 bid. But if the two sides are unable to come to terms, Kang won’t be eligible to be posted again until Nov. 1.

Kang, 27, is coming off a strong offensive season, hitting .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBIs in 117 games.

An industry source told the Yonhap News Agency that Kang and his agent, Alan Nero, are seeking a four-year contract worth $5 million a season, a three-year deal worth $5.5 million a year or a two-year deal worth $6 million per year.

-Austin Laymance

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