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Pirates win bidding for Korean infielder

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Jung Ho Kang scores against Chinese Taipei during the Asian Games on Sept. 28, 2014, at Munhak Stadium in Incheon, South Korea.

With a successful bid of a bit more than $5 million, the Pirates won a chance to try to sign Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

This past season, Kang, 27, was the MVP of the Korea Baseball Organization. He was posted by the Nexen Heroes, who accepted the Pirates’ bid of $5,002,015, according to a league source.

The Pirates have 30 days to negotiate a contract. If they cannot come to terms with Kang, the Pirates get their posting fee back and Kang will remain with Nexen.

“The Pirates are pleased to have secured the opportunity to attempt to add (Kang) to our system and look forward to commencing discussions with the player and his representative in an effort to make that happen,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.

Last season, Kang batted .356 with 40 home runs with 117 RBIs in 117 games.

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