FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang will be posted Monday by his team in the Korea Baseball Organization, which means that MLB teams will be able to bid for exclusive negotiating rights.
Kang, 27, batted .354/.457/.733 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI in 116 games this past season for the Nexen Heroes. There are definite questions about how his bat will translate in the majors and some view him as more of a second baseman or even a corner infielder as opposed to a shortstop, but he should generate plenty of interest. Kang is being represented by Alan Nero.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman mentioned the Mets, Giants, and Athletics as possibilities for Kang earlier this week. The Giants and Athletics downplayed their interest in public comments during the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but the Mets haven’t ruled it out.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.