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Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang could cost $39 million

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted for MLB bidding Monday by his team in the Korea Baseball Organization. There are questions about Kang’s defense, but he batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI across 117 games this past season for the Nexen Heroes so there won’t be a lack of interest from shortstop-needy teams in Major League Baseball. Of which there are many.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News lays out what it might cost for a club to land Kang ...

The posting fee to win exclusive negotiation rights for Kang is expected to be anywhere from $5 million to $15 million. Many at the Winter Meetings felt he was looking for a deal in the neighborhood of $24 million for three years.

The KBO still operates under the old posting system, which asks for blind posting fee bids to determine which team gets exclusive negotiating rights. Kang then tries to work out a contract with that team.

Ackert writes that the Mets are “still undecided about whether they will enter the process.”

Kang turns 28 years old next April.

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