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.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.