NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jung-ho Kang was posted by the Nexen Heroes of Korea Professional Baseball on Monday.
Let the bidding begin.
The Mets are looking to upgrade at shortstop — Wilmer Flores would be the starter if the season started tomorrow — and Kang was previously thought to be an option.
CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the Mets — along with the Giants and A’s — are interested in the 27-year-old infielder.
Now that Kang has been posted, major-league clubs can bid on him through Friday afternoon. The winning bidder will have the right to exclusively negotiate a contract with the five-time KBO All-Star.
But it appears that the Mets are not enamored with Kang.
On Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that the club is “still undecided” about whether it will post a bid for Kang, according to The Wall Street Journal. On Tuesday, Alderson said that a bid is “unlikely.”
Big for a shortstop at 6-foot-0 and 212 pounds, Kang was an offensive force for the Heroes in 2014. In just 117 games, he hit .356 with 40 home runs and 117 RBIs.
Korea Professional Baseball is known as a hitter’s league, however, and it’s unclear how the infielder’s offensive will translate in the majors. There are also questions about his glove.
According to Newsday, the posting fee could range from $10 million to $15 million. On top of that, he’s reportedly looking for a deal worth about $24 million over three years.
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