Who won the bidding for Jung-Ho Kang?

Jung-Ho Kang, SS, of the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization’s posting has closed. According to a Yonhap News Agency report, the team has accepted a bid and the winner will have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Kang.

If an agreement is not reached he will return to the Nexen Heros. Agent Alan Nero is reportedly seeking a deal worth $20 million over four years.

Jung-Ho Kang, 27, hit .354 with 39 home runs and 115 RBI last season in Korea.

The A’s and Giants have previously been tied to the bidding of Jung-Ho Kang. It is not known which team has won the bidding thus far but it is not the San Diego Padres, New York Mets or Baltimore Orioles according to reports from CBS Sports, the New York Post and Baltimore Sun, respectively.

Update: SF Giants are not the team. Brian Sabean has confirmed.

Update #2: John Hickey of Bay Area News Group says it is not the A’s.

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Oakland A’s Offseason Roundup

It has been a long offseason already for A’s fans as Billy Beane aimed to retool and reinvigorate a team that had fallen fast in the second half of last year. The team had begun to look old and even the infusion of Jon Lester wasn’t enough to get them over the hump. With the Mariners right on their heels, and the Angels a good chunk ahead, Beane had to act.

Besides Jon Lester leaving for Chicago, and Jed Lowrie and Luke Gregerson to Houston, here are the major moves of the Oakland offseason thus far as they’ve traded 3 All Stars.

  • 12/19 — Released Nick Punto
  • 12/18 — Traded C Derek Norris, LHP Seth Streich and an international draft slot for RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez
    • This move was liked for both sides by Keith Law of ESPN, and Fangraphs’ Paul Swydan liked the trade for Oakland
  • 12/18 — Acquired Lefty Eury De La Rosa from Diamondbacks for Cash Considerations. De La Rosa had a 2.95 ERA with a 7.9 K/9, and 3.4 BB/9. De La Rosa is a ground ball pitcher with a reverse platoon split but in only 61 plate appearances
  • 12/9 — Traded Jeff Samardzija along with prospect Michael Ynoa to White Sox for Cal Shortshop Marcus Semien, righty Chris Bassitt, right hander Josh Phegley, and Rangel Ravelo.
    • Semien was very strong in Triple A Charlotte hitting 267 with a 380 on base percentage and 552 slugging. The former Cal player hit 20 doubles, and 15 homers showing some pop for a Shortstop. He struggled in a 231 AB audition in Chicago hitting 234/300/372.
    • Bassitt is a 25 year old right hander who made his big-league debut in 2014 after missing much of the year with a broken hand. He had a strong 2.97 ERA and 8.6 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in four minor-league seasons while being ranked the 15th best prospect in the White Sox system.
    • Phegley is a 26 year old backstop who has failed to take advantage of a limited big league opportunity
    • Ravelo is a corner infield prospect who slashed 309/386/473 in 551 plate appearances. He has experience at 3B but has played mostly first.
  • 12/8 — Traded OF/1B Brandon Moss for Minor league 2B Joe Wendle. Wendle is a 24 year old propsect who had a 253/311/414 slash line over 370 Double-A appearances before having his season cut short by a broken hammate bone. His best tool is his hitting and he rates to have decent power and solid defense. He is also reputed to be a “good character guy”
  • 11/28 – Traded All Star 3B Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for 3B Brett Lawrie who owns a 265/323/426 line over 3 plus seasons, Lefty Sean Nolin a starter with a true four pitch mix and possible number four starter type, righty Kendall Graveman a 2013 draftee who largely dominated the minors before making some relief appearances in the majors, and shortstop Franklin Barreto a possible gem whom is a 18 year old rated Toronto’s 5th best prospect.
  • 11/23 – Acquired 1B/OF Ike Davis
  • 11/19 – Signed DH/1B Billy Butler to 3 year/$30M contract

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Comeback of 2015- Barry Zito?

I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence. – Barry Zito

Zito signed with the A’s in 2000 and then later had a seven year contract with the Giants beginning in 2007. In 2014 became a free agent. Zito’s agent says that he’s been working on his mechanics. He will be pitching during the winter for teams with hopes of making a comeback in the 2015 season.

So will we see Zito in the 2015 season? As a Giants fan I hope so. We stuck with him through the tough times but we got to remember he started Game 1 in the 2012 World Series and when he struggled in 2013 the fans gave him a standing ovation in his last game of the season. So we will definitely be watching Zito and the 2015 comebackbuy cialis phuket

Giants Winter Meeting Wrap-up

As the winter meetings are coming to an end, here are some of the Giants rumors.

Losing out on the deal with Lester, leaves the Giants looking at other perspective pitchers. There is talk that to preserve Bumgarner, will involve taking him out of games earlier, providing more rest and not having to rely on him as heavily as the 2014 season. The Giants are rumored to be interested in James Shields, Ervin Santana, Max Scherzer and Cole Hamels.

With the sting of Sandoval’s decision to go to the Red Sox a few weeks behind us, the need for a third baseman is real. Asdrubal Cabrera is being considered for third base (mind you other teams are considering him for second base).cialis cheap usa