Some surprising news to pass along here, as Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports that no MLB team placed a bid on Korean outfielder Ah-seop Son.
Son, who turns 28 in March, batted .317/.406/.472 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 116 games this past season for the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. He was expected to garner plenty of interest after being put through the posting process, with one report suggesting the Orioles could make a bid. The deadline to submit bids was last Friday.
Son wasn’t regarded to be on the same level as slugging first baseman Byung-ho Park, who the Twins recently bid $12.85 million to secure exclusive negotiating rights. Still, it comes as a surprise to learn that nobody made a bid.
Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan writes that Jae-gyun Hwang, also from the Lotte Giants, is expected to be posted next. The 28-year-old third baseman slugged 28 home runs with an .870 OPS over 144 games this past season and has drawn interest from the Dodgers, among others.
As we noted, Bryce Harper was ejected in the Phillies-Mets game for arguing balls and strikes, punctuating the ejection with a fairly aggressive argument in which he sorta shoved his manager into the ump, had to be held back by teammates and may very well have earned himself a suspension.
We’ll see about the suspension part, but even if he didn’t anger Rob Manfred over all of that, he did annoy his teammate, Jake Arrieta, who was on the mound last night. Here were Arrieta’s comments after the game:
“Look, I mean, [Harper’s] got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.
“We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed. The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out tomorrow ready to play.”
For Harper’s part he was contrite after the game, echoing Arrieta’s words about needing to keep a level head and about him being more useful in the game than in the clubhouse. Still, he got told by his teammate. And seems to know he got told.