Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Pirates have reached a four-year deal with infielder Jung-ho Kang. The deal is believed to be worth around $16 million and it will also carry an option for the 2019 season. When you add the posting fee to that, the Pirates are on the hook for about $21 million.
Kang hit .354/.457/.733 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI in 116 games last season Nexen Heroes in Korea. Whether that will translate to decent major league hitting or whether Kang will even have a regular position with the Pirates is an open question. At the moment Pittsburgh’s infield consists of Neil Walker at second base, Jordy Mercer at shortstop, and Josh Harrison at third.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.