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. 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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    • 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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  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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