Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres posted the top bid for Korean left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim.
Unlike with Japan, the posting for Korean players is still of the blind-posting, top bidder wins variety as opposed to a situation where the player can negotiate with teams. That means, if Kim’s Korean team doesn’t pull him back, he’ll belong to the Padres. The bid was $2 million and the team was seeking $10 million, so there’s no certainty Kim will play in the U.S.
As for his pitching: the 26-year-old posted a 3.33 ERA and 139/81 K/BB ratio over 167 and two-thirds innings in the KBO in 2014. He is though of as a back-end starter in the U.S.