Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang to be posted in November

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe breaks it down …

Jung-Ho Kang, SS, Nexen Heroes — The Korean shortstop will be posted in November (under the old posting system in which the highest blind bidder gets exclusive negotiating rights), and while there’s intrigue over the 40-homer performer, there is still some pushback from scouts who have seen him play on whether he translates to major league baseball. Some of the alarms include the leg kick in his stance that’s very pronounced and lasts deep into his swing.

Kang has won the Korean Baseball Organization’s version of the Gold Glove Award three different times, but Cafardo says there “has always been skepticism over his ability to play shortstop in the majors.” He seems to profile better at third base or second base.

The 27-year-old (28 next April) batted .360/.463/.756 with 33 doubles, 38 home runs, and 107 RBI in 107 games this past season in the KBO, so a serious payday could be coming even with the lingering questions. Cafardo reported last month that the Cardinals “were interested early,” though they’re probably set now with Matt Carpenter at third base, Kolten Wong at second base, and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop.

How about the Yankees? They would appear to have some openings on their infield.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.