The Pirates have reached a four-year deal with Jung-ho Kang

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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.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.