Dae-ho Lee To Sign With KBO’s Lotte Giants

Jan 24, 2017 | No Comments

Slugger Dae-ho Lee has decided to return to his native Korea, according to Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency (Twitter links). Lee will receive a $12.9MM guarantee over four years from his first professional team, the Lotte Giants, representing a record contract for the Korea Baseball Organization. Lee, 34, came to the majors last year after joining the Mariners on a minor-league deal. He made the roster and ultimately provided the organization with 14 long balls and a .253/.312/.428 batting line over 317 plate appearances. While that represented a solid effort for a player transitioning to the majors at this late stage of his career, there are obviously some limitations. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the right-handed hitter showed better when facing lefties. And though Lee drew roughly average ratings for his work in the field, he’s limited to first base or a DH hole. Though the Mariners had some interest in a reunion at one time, it never seemed that he’d be in line for more than part-time duty there or elsewhere in the majors. And the chance to play regularly was a significant factor, Lee said earlier in the offseason

Dodgers land Forsythe to play second base

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

The Dodgers acquired Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe on Monday to fill their hole at second base in a deal that sent right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon in the Rays.

Giants Nearing Minor League Deal With Jae-Gyun Hwang

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

The Giants are closing in on a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang, tweets Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. The contract, first reported by Naver Sports in Korea, will guarantee Hwang $1.5MM if he makes the big league roster, according to Baggarly. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that there are additional incentives beyond that guarantee. Hwang, 29, hit .335/.394/.570 with 27 home runs and 24 stolen basese last season, demonstrating an ability to sustain the power increase he showed during the 2015 season. Hwang also boosted his walk rate while more than halving his strikeout rate, which likely further piqued the Giants’ interest in his services. Unlike last winter, Hwang was an unrestricted free agent this offseason (having accrued the requisite nine years of service time in the Korea Baseball Organization) and thus did not need to be posted by his former club, the Lotte Giants. He reportedly turned down a “sizable” offer from his former team and was also pursued by the KBO’s KT Wiz, but he’s been said to be willing to accept less money for the opportunity to pursue a Major League career. While the exact size of the offer he turned down isn’t clear, his non-guaranteed deal in San Francisco is assuredly less lucrative

Giants To Sign Jae-Gyun Hwang

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

7:45pm: The deal is complete, per Shea (via Twitter). 3:43pm: The Giants are closing in on a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang, tweets Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. The contract, first reported by Naver Sports in Korea, will guarantee Hwang $1.5MM if he makes the big league roster in Spring Training, according to Baggarly. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that there are additional incentives beyond that guarantee, with Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap adding (via Twitter) that they could tack on another $1.6MM. Hwang is represented by GSI and ACES. Hwang, 29, hit .335/.394/.570 with 27 home runs and 25 stolen bases last season, demonstrating an ability to sustain the power increase he showed during the 2015 season. Hwang also boosted his walk rate while more than halving his strikeout rate, which likely further piqued the Giants’ interest in his services.

Puig sporting healthier shape, mindset in ’17

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

A trimmer Yasiel Puig, after serving as barista at a neighborhood coffee shop in a Dodgers community appearance, on Monday said he wants “to be a starter again, whether it’s here or somewhere else.”

2017’s Top 10 starting pitchers right now

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

With so many great starters on the mound, how do you pick only 10? It’s not an easy choice, though Clayton Kershaw is still clearly atop the heap. But how do you rank Scherzer, Bumgarner, Sale, and others? Let’s count down 2017’s Top 10 Starting Pitchers.

‘Great kid with a big heart. We lost a brother.’

Jan 23, 2017 | No Comments

Yordano Ventura, a rising star right-hander with the Royals, died early Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic at the age of 25.

Ventura, Marte leave us way too soon

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

Yordano Ventura was 25. He had one of baseball’s fiercest fastballs. He was a little guy with big stuff, big confidence and big dreams. He died in a car accident early Inconceivably, former top prospect Andy Marte, too, died in a separate Dominican car crash early Sunday.

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

The baseball world mourned the unexpected deaths of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and third baseman Andy Marte on Sunday. Ventura, 25, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Marte, 33, also died in a separate car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic.

Former MLB infielder Marte dies at 33

Jan 22, 2017 | No Comments

Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.