According to the Yonhap News Agency, the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization have accepted the top bid on infielder Jung-Ho Kang from an unidentified MLB team. The amount of the winning bid was $5,002,015.
No word yet on who submitted the top bid, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that it wasn’t the Padres while Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that the Mets didn’t make a bid. The winning team has secured exclusive negotiating rights with Kang for the next 30 days. If a deal isn’t reached in 30 days, the MLB team will get their posting fee back and Kang will stay with his team in the KBO.
Kang is being represented by Alan Nero and is said to be seeking a deal two to four years in length and worth $5-6 million per season.
Kang, 27, batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI over 117 games this past season for Nexen. However, there are questions about whether his bat will translate in MLB and if he’ll be able to stay at shortstop.