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Orioles may try for Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son

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There’s word from multiple sources that the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization will post outfielder Ah-seop Son for blind bids on Monday. Son doesn’t have the gaudy KBO numbers of a Byung-ho Park, who drew a $12.85 million bid from the Twins last week, but the 27-year-old should do pretty well for himself.

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun believes the Orioles will make a play for Son, just as they did (unsuccessfully) for Park.

Something in the $5-6 million range sounds right for this particular blind bidding, but we’ve already seen the monetary effects of Jung Ho Kang‘s immediate major league success. Pittsburgh won the rights to negotiate with Kang for a lowly $5 million bid last winter and then watched him slash .287/.355/.461 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI, and 60 runs scored in 126 games.

Son, 27, hit .317/.406/.472 with 13 homers and 11 steals in 116 games this past season for Lotte.