Korean team rejects winning MLB bid for Hyeon-jong Yang

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Reports have varied on whether the Twins or the Rangers submitted the highest bid for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, but now it doesn’t matter.

Yang’s team, the Kia Tigers, have rejected the winning bid–wherever it came from–and the 27-year-old ace will stay in Korea for at least one more season.

No word on the exact value of the bid, but the Tigers apparently weren’t happy with the amount and weren’t willing to let Yang go anyway despite his wanting to pitch in America. By rule, Yang can’t be made available to MLB teams again until November 1, 2015.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.