Twins Submit Winning Bid For Byung-Ho Park

Featured imageFrom MLBTR, it appears it was the Minnesota Twins that have won the negotiating rights with Byung-Ho Park.

Park, 29, is one of the top hitters in all of KBO, having slugged 105 homers over the past two seasons. He hit 53 homers in 2015 to go along with a batting line of .343/.436/.714, though it should be noted that the Korea Baseball Organization is a notoriously hitter-friendly environment. That didn’t stop Park’s former Nexen Heroes teammate, Jung Ho Kang, from posting strong numbers in his jump from KBO to MLB, however. Kang is the lone point of reference in terms of position players jumping from Korea to the Majors, and he went from a .356/.459/.739 triple-slash in Korea to an impressive .287/.355/.461 in his Major League debut (while playing in Pittsburgh, where PNC Park is a disadvantageous environment for right-handed power).

Well, now this is a surprise.  The Twins were not one of the teams suspected of bidding at all, especially since they already have Joe Mauer at first and Trevor Plouffe at third.  Maybe this means the Twins will be active in the trade market to free up a place for Park?  Of course, the Twins still need to sign Park within the next thirty days.  You can learn more about Park from our own @renaado.

23 thoughts on “Twins Submit Winning Bid For Byung-Ho Park

    1. They’d have to tack tens of millions of dollars to Mauers bum to get anyone to take him. He was horrible last year, not good the year before, and is owed $23 each year for 2016-2018….and he’ll be 33 in April.

      Park is probably a replacement for Mauer simply because Mauer now sucks…they probably just recognize likely sunk costs and want another option besides 33 yr old Mauer to play 1B.

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      1. I am about 95% sure that Joe has a no trade clause, and its pretty firm.

        Are we looking at Mauer as DH now? Because it’s a bad idea to put him at catcher again due to the concussion issues. They can’t afford to just let him rot.

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        1. He does.

          Of course they can afford to let him rot. Paying a guy $23M to sit on the bench is better than paying a guy $23M and giving him playing time over a guy that gives you a better chance to win.

          The money is spent…no reason to make it worse by playing him too.

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        1. Problem is…he can hit enough to play SS or CF, and can play defense well enough to be a slugger.

          I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a bounce back useful season…but he’s got no power at all.

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  1. I think I’m cutting off YTN as a media source to provide SK Baseball news in this site from now on, after hearing them said “An NL team won the bid” just a couple of hours ago, I really thought it was true, but it turns out it’s not. Guess they’re just in for the clicks and views.

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    1. I wouldn’t be so drastic. if you apply that to every baseball news source, by December you won’t have anyone as a news source. Everyone is wrong some time because they are just reporting what they are told off the record…and the info may not always be correct.

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        1. I am just disappointed that it wasn’t the Cardinals…and, honestly, glad that it wasn’t the Pirates…they don’t need any help.

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      1. It’s a giant melting pot made up of people from all over the world and all walks of life. How can you expect everybody to be exactly the same? Act exactly the same? More importantly, why would you want them to?
        -Jose Bautista

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  2. I don’t know that this applies to the Twins, or to this specific case…..but is there any kind of mechanism in place to prevent using this posting system to prevent a player from signing elsewhere?

    For example, the Cubs don’t have any need for another corner infielder. But could they have put up $15M for the posting fee and then simply not signed Park, without facing any kind of real penalty, just to make sure he didn’t land with PIT or STL? Going through the rules for this thing, the Cubs would get their $15M posting fee back if an agreement isn’t reached, and there doesn’t seem to be any other kind of disincentive to do something like that….

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