Korean Baseball Organization postpones start of season over coronavirus concerns

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Yesterday NPB, the Japanese major league, announced that it was postponing the start of its season due to coronavirus concerns. Today the Korean Baseball Organization — South Korea’s counterpart to NPB and MLB — followed suit.

Yonhap News Agency reports that the KBO has decided to postpone the start of the regular season until an undetermined time in April. The league still hopes to play its full 144-game regular season. When they are able to determine an official date to resume play, the league will give teams two weeks notice to get ready for the season.

Yesterday Major League Baseball announced that it will limit clubhouse access to the media. It has so far made no nod to the possibility to postponing the start of the season, but it will reportedly monitor local markets and will consider its options if health authorities recommend games not to be played in a given city. A potential option is for teams to play games at other locations.



White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.