Korean media sources have reported that the Texas Rangers have won the bidding rights to Korean left-handed pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang. The Rangers have not confirmed the information.
A source with Rangers management said the bidding process has not been finalized or confirmed by the league office. The league doesn’t tell teams who won the bid until the Asian team decides whether it accepts, the source said.
Yang, 26, was named the best pitcher in the Korean Baseball Organization this season, winning a Cy Young Award equivalent, with a 4.25 ERA. The league average ERA was 5.63 in 2014. Reports say Yang throws in the low-to- mid 90s.
Initial reports, including out of Minnesota, said the Twins had won the bidding. But Korean media reported Sunday that Texas, in fact, had made the highest bid.
The winning team has 30 days to negotiate a contract.