Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago.
Yang won the Korean equivalent of the Cy Young award this season and the 26-year-old tops out at 92-95 miles per hour, although opinions vary on his ability to be more than a middle-of-the-rotation starter in the majors.
Yang’s raw numbers aren’t impressive, but it’s important to note that the Korean Baseball Organization as a whole had a 5.63 ERA this year. It’s an extreme hitter’s league and his 4.25 ERA was 25 percent better than the league average. By comparison, a pitcher being 25 percent better than this year’s MLB average would translate to a 2.80 ERA.
By submitting the winning bid the Twins now have 30 days in which to negotiate a contract with Yang.