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Byung Ho Park is going back to Korea


Twins 1b/DH Byung Ho Park has agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract to return to the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Park was still owed $6.5 million by the Twins, but he’ll leave that on the table. Whether that works out for him financially is an open question, but it’s pretty clear at this point that the Twins don’t have major league plans for him.

The 31-year-old hit .191/.275/.409 with 12 homers and 24 RBI in 244 plate appearances with the Twins in 2016 and spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester where he hit .253/.308/.415 with 14 homers, 60 RBI and posted a terrible K/BB ratio in 111 games.

He was worth a shot by the Twins and he was pretty brave in taking the shot himself, but it just didn’t work out for him in the U.S.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.