Jeeho Yoo of Korea’s Yonhap News reports that Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang was arrested on Friday — it’s Friday in Korea — for a DUI and fleeing the scene.
A translated report from Naver details what happened. Kang reportedly had a 0.084 percent blood alcohol level. As Yoo notes, the legal limit is 0.05 percent. Kang apparently crashed into the guard rails, but caused damage only to his own vehicle and public property.
This isn’t Kang’s first off-the-field incident. Chicago police investigated Kang this past summer for alleged sexual assault.
Major League Baseball and the Pirates haven’t yet issued a comment, but expect them to do so once the details of the incident are confirmed. Kang could be facing a fine and/or a suspension.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.
Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.
The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.