Ha-seong Kim (26) and Sung-beom Na (32) challenged to advance into the US Major League (MLB) through a posting (private competitive bidding) system side by side, but the joys were mixed. Ha-sung Kim achieved a dream of becoming a big leaguer by signing a contract with San Diego Padres for 4+1 years, up to $39 million, amid the high interest of MLB clubs. On the other hand, Na Seong-beom was looking forward to Super Agent Scott Boras, but failed to sign the contract and spent the season at NC.
Now, attention is focused on Yang Hyeon-jong, 33, who knocks on the door of MLB as a free agent (FA). Like the posting, there is no deadline for negotiations, so it seems that there is room, but Hyunjong Yang does not have much time. This is because negotiations will have to be completed by the end of January, considering the time to prepare for the garden season with MLB, whether remaining in KIA or in MLB.
However, the market situation of MLB is not in favor of Hyunjong Yang. Right now, the MLB FA market is not as active as before due to the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19). Even major players such as Trevor Bower, George Springer, JT Real Muto and DJ Le Mayhew are not easy to sign. Only when their position is decided, the market is transferred to a semi-prestigious free agent, and only when the pitching staff is moved to the club that needs Yang Hyun-jong can come out. However, this process itself is slow. Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano (32), who promoted advancement to the MLB by posting here, also failed to sign a contract and it took him to return to his hometown Yomiuri. Sugano received the attention of multiple teams, but the conditions were not satisfactory. Sugano said, “There was definitely something different in the US situation than I had imagined. It seems that the market was not actively moving.”
On one side, there is a prospect that the club that failed to sign Sugano may show interest in Yang Hyun-jong, but it is questionable whether Yang Hyun-jong will be satisfied if it is the condition that Sugano gave up. Yang Hyun-jong’s agent side said, “The team that has not completed the selection is showing interest, but there is no specific proposal yet.”
Yang Hyun-jong is known to have an attitude that he will not necessarily insist on the right to veto down minor leagues among the terms of the contract. He is expressing his aspiration for the big leagues with the appearance that he will accept the bullpen as well as job placement.
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