Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang to be posted


Via Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News

The best pitcher in Korea appears ready to test himself in the majors.

Lefthander Hyeon-jong Yang will be posted by the Kia Tigers in the coming weeks, according to a source, thrusting the 26-year-old into the pool of available starting pitchers this winter.

Feinsand spoke to an international scout who projects Yang as a No. 3 starter in the major leagues, but with the goods to develop into a No. 2 guy. The southpaw registered a less-than-inspiring 4.25 ERA and 1.40 across 28 starts this past season in the Korean Baseball Organization, but that is a very hitter-friendly league and the feeling is that Yang’s stuff is going to play pretty well in the majors. His fastball sits 92-95 mph and he also throws a good curveball, slider, and changeup.

Feinsand suspects that the Yankees could have interest in Yang. They are not expected to pursue the high-dollar arms on the free agent market this winter, such as Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and James Shields.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.