Another Korean left-hander offered for MLB bid

November 14, 2014
Yang Hyun-jong (NEWSis)

Yang Hyun-jong (NEWSis)

The bidding for another South Korean left-hander, Yang Hyeon-jong, will officially begin next week according to a report by the New York Daily News.

The 26-year-old pitcher is coming off of a strong season for the Kia Tigers earning him the Korean Baseball Organization’s equivalent of the Cy Young Award — the Choi Dongwon Award. His ERA was less than impressive 4.25, but he did win 16 games (against 8 losses) and allowed less hits (162) than innings pitched (171).

Although the SK Wyvern’s accepted the San Diego Padres $2 million bid Thursday for KBO pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun, Yang is expected to fetch a heftier price tag especially for his smoother delivery that may extend the longevity of his career.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees, Giants, Astros, Cubs and Red Sox have all expressed interest in bidding for Yang.

Major League Baseball teams will have a four-day window to place bids and if the Kia Tigers organization accepts an offer, then the winning team will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Yang.

The largest sum of money ever accepted by a KBO team was when the Hanwha Eagles received a $26 million bid from the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin on Nov. 9, 2012.