Left-handed pitcher, Yang Hyeon-jong, 28, despite interest from MLB teams this off-season… have decided to play his next season in NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars, of the Central league, an announcement was made just today. According to the report, the contract details for Yang is not yet known at the moment… but only said that he’ll be placed in the starting rotation for next season with the team.
Yang was posted at the age of 26 years old by his team (KIA Tigers) in the 2014 off-season, where the Minnesota Twins have been reported to be the winning bidder… but his team rejected the bid as it was deemed too low. He just acquired his International FA status this year, therefore he’s no longer subjected to posting bids.
The South Korean southpaw finished his 2016 regular season campaign with the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization) KIA Tigers with a record of 10-12, along with an earned run average of 3.68 in 31 games played (200 1/3 innings pitched) this year, primarily as a starter. He currently owns a record of 87-60, and an earned run average of 3.95 in 305 games played (1251 1/3 innings pitched) in his 10 year career in the KBO, all with the KIA Tigers organization.