Korean Pitcher Yang Hyeon Jong Looking Towards the MLB
luvsmiling, Nov. 18, 2014, 8:58 a.m.
Kia Tigers pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong might join the list of Korean players in U.S. Major League Baseball. The Korea Baseball Organization on Monday said that it has sent a letter to the MLB administration asking it to post Yang. MLB teams have four days to submit blind bids once posting is made. The highest bidder gets the priority in negotiating a deal with a player if his current team accepts the bid.
Kim Kwang-hyun of the SK Wyverns, who was posted on Nov. 3, received a response on Nov. 11. Yang will likely hear a result around Nov. 25. A left-handed pitcher who made his professional debut in 2007, Yang earned eligibility to play abroad at the end of this season with his team's consent. He was one of the finest pitchers in the Korean baseball league this season, with 16 wins, eight losses and a 4.25 ERA.
MLB teams have reportedly shown interest in Yang. The Boston Globe reported last Friday, "For the Red Sox, he could be a cost-effective mid-rotation alternative, especially if they elect to spend heavily on bringing back Jon Lester."
The newspaper also said that the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants are other teams with interest in Yang. Some speculate that the highest bid for Yang will exceed Kim's US$2 million. Bleacher Report estimated the high bid to be US$18 million.