Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team

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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.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.