Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have reached agreement on a two-year free agent contract with Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim. It’s believed to be worth $3.5 million per year, or $7 million total.
Kim, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter, registered a .318/.406/.488 batting line across 10 seasons with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization. He slugged a career-high 28 home runs this summer in the KBO while drawing 101 walks against 63 strikeouts.
Kim flew to the United States on Wednesday morning to work out the final details of the contract and to take his pre-signing physical. He fits the Orioles’ need for a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder, though it’s unlikely his power will fully translate. Or even partially translate.
This could turn into more of a depth signing than anything for the O’s.
Not every Korean is going to pull a Jung Ho Kang.
According to the Angels’ official Twitter account, the club has reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with first baseman and corner outfielder Daniel Nava.
The one-year deal is worth $1.375 million and also carries some performanced-based bonuses, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
Nava batted just .194 with a .560 OPS in 166 plate appearances this summer between Boston and Tampa Bay, but the 32-year-old owns a .281/.377/.409 career batting line against right-handed pitching and could form a left-field platoon with Craig Gentry next year in Anaheim if the Angels don’t make a bolder move.
They’ve been tied recently to free agent outfielder Justin Upton.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Indians have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Rajai Davis. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says it will be worth $5.25 million with some performance-based incentives tacked on.
Davis posted a respectable .746 OPS with eight home runs and 18 stolen bases in 113 games this past season for the Tigers. He gives the Indians much-needed outfield depth with Michael Brantley recovering from major offseason shoulder surgery. There have been reports that Brantley might not be recovered until June.
Davis is 35 years old, but he still moves well and there is little risk in any one-year deal. There’s a chance he maintains starter-like playing time even when Brantley returns.
Ken Rosenthal has the developing story over at FOXSports.com …
The Washington Nationals are discussing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that would reunite new manager Dusty Baker and second baseman Brandon Phillips in Washington, according to major-league sources on Tuesday.
Phillips carries full no-trade protection via 10-and-5 rights, so he would have to approve any swap. But you’d have to figure the 34-year-old would be open to getting out of Cincinnati, where there is a full rebuild underway.
Phillips bounced back somewhat from his brutal 2014 to hit .294/.328/.395 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI in 148 games this summer for the Reds. He still plays very good defense at second base, though not quite at the elite level we saw during his peak.
Phillips is owed $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017.
Japanese starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is the biggest fish currently on the international market, but Korean first baseman Dae-ho Lee is generating some noise of his own while the Maeda posting process plays out.
Daum’s Daniel Kim reports that Lee has received multiple offers in the two-year, $4-5 million range from interested major league teams. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review suggested last week that the Pirates might take a look.
Lee is a free agent and so he doesn’t have to follow the typical posting guidelines for players moving from Nippon Professional Baseball to North America. He stands to make around $5 million from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2016 and could just head back to NPB if he doesn’t find an MLB contract to his liking.
Lee, 33, batted .282/.368/.524 with 31 homers and 98 RBI in 141 games for the Hawks in 2015.