Free agent Alex Guerrero could be headed for Japan, according to Sanspo and J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News. Hoornstra reported that the 30-year-old appears close to signing with the Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, who have also featured former MLB players like Wei-Yin Chen, Kosuke Fukudome, and Matt Clark in recent years.
After getting his first cup of coffee with the Dodgers in 2014, Guerrero split time in left field and third base during the club’s 2015 run. Any chance of snagging a starting role was sidelined in 2016, however, when he was released following a knee injury and three unsuccessful rehab stints in the Dodgers’ minor league circuit. In 16 games with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, Double-A Tulsa, and Triple-A Oklahoma, the righty batted .136/.162/.197 with a home run and a stolen base in 68 PA.
Per Hoornstra, Guerrero stands to receive $7.5 million in 2016 and 2017.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year deal worth $12.5 million.
Pearce, 33 had some health issues in 2016, but he hit .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and he mashes lefties in particular. Pearce is versatile as well, logging time at first base, second base, right field, left field, and DH in 2016 while splitting time between the Rays and Orioles.
Last week Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. That’s bad, but it turns out that it’s nothing new. The Yonhapnews Agency reports that Kang has been arrested for DUI three times since 2009:
Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul confirmed that it was Kang’s third DUI arrest, with the three strikes law resulting in the immediate revocation of his license. According to police, Kang had also been arrested for a DUI in August 2009 and May 2011. No personal injuries were reported in either case, though he’d caused property damage in the latter incident.
The report also notes that a companion of Kang initially claimed that he, and not Kang, was behind the wheel at the time of the accident which led to Kang’s arrest last week. It was later revealed by the car’s black box, however, that Kang was driving. So add in some obstruction of justice, whether it is charged or not, to the scene. Police are investigating that.
Between all of this and the fact that Kang is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago this past season, a pretty ugly portrait of the Pirates’ infielder is beginning to reveal itself.