Jung-Ho Kang kicked off of Korea’s World Baseball Classic squad

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The manager of Korea’s World Baseball Classic squad, In-sik Kim, kicked Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang off of the country’s World Baseball Classic club today, Yonhap News Agency reports:

“As we all know, Kang has had some issues,” Kim said at a press conference following the meeting. “So our coaching staff made this call (to drop him).”

Those issues are well-documented.

Kang was arrested last month after driving under the influence of alcohol, crashing his car, and fleeing the scene. It was his third such DUI since 2009, which results in immediate revocation of his driver’s license in South Korea. He’ll be indicted on drunk driving charges soon, Yonhap reports.

Last July, Chicago police investigated him after a sexual assault allegation. At this point it seems that charges are unlikely to result out of those allegations, as Chicago police have been unable to contact his accuser.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.