KBO All-star Son Ah-seop’s team Busan Lotte Giants just announced today that they will ask the KBO to make Son available in a silent auction to be available for Major League teams. The 27 year old batted .317 with 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 11 steals this season. He’s a career .323 hitter in the league, also playing great defense there in right field, he has hit at least .300 in 6 consecutive seasons with his team. In his 9 year tenure, Son also won 4 Gold glove awards (Note: unlike the Major Leagues… this award doesn’t acknowledge the defensive achievements… but instead awards the best players in each position), Son will also be the second player in the KBO to be posted this off-season.
Once Son have been posted, MLB clubs will have 4 business days to submit their bids, once the Lotte Giants have been informed of the highest bid, they will have 4 business days to reject or accept the bid… MLB clubs will put in their bids until Nov. 20, Korean time. MLB will notify the KBO of the winning bid on Nov. 21, and the South Korean league will inform the club the same day. The Giants will then have until Nov. 26 to make their decision. The winning bidder will have at least 30 days to negotiate a contract.
If Son failed to sign or garner interest by the deadline, he will stay, and Hwang Jae-gyun (28 yrs old) will be posted in his stead. Both players are currently in Taiwan right now representing their country in this Inaugural Premier 12 tourney