Bids for Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son due Friday

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Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son has officially been “posted” by his Korean Baseball Organization team and the bidding for his exclusive negotiating rights will close Friday.

Son isn’t the same level of player as multiple-time KBO MVP slugger Byung-ho Park, for whom the Twins won the bidding for $12.85 million two weeks ago, but he’s expected to generate plenty of interest from MLB teams.

Son, who’ll turn 28 years old in March, is a left-handed-hitting corner outfielder who batted .317 with 13 homers, 11 steals, and an .878 OPS this year and has very similar career marks.

Once the bids are received his KBO team will choose to accept or decline the highest offer. If they accept, the winning MLB team has a 30-day window in which to negotiate a separate contract with Son.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).