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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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Associated Press
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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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