Posted November. 07, 2015 11:00,
Korean slugger Park Byung-ho was mentioned on Thursday (local time) for the first time in MLB Tonight, the prime news program of MLB Network. In the news, Phil Rogers, a columnist of MLB.COM, was asked a few questions about which team is most interested in the best RBI hitter in Korea.
The first team he mentioned was Baltimore. Dan Duquette, the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, is very experienced with recruiting foreign players. The team also needs to prepare for the transfer of its first baseman Chris Davis, who announced his plan to become a free agent, said the journalist. Chris Daviss agent is Scott Boras. Most of the big-time players with Scott Boras chose not to sign with their teams after becoming an FA. MASN, the local broadcaster of Baltimore, reported that the club is considering the option of scouting Park Byung-ho.
Rogers said that another team noteworthy is the Cleveland Indians, who are suffering from lack of power hitters. Carlos Santana, Clevelands first baseman, ended up hitting only 19 homeruns this season. Also mentioned as another candidate was the Chicago White Sox. The journalist explained that it wouldnt be easy but still possible adding that Pittsburgh decided to scout Kang Jung-ho when they had Jose Abreu.
Rogers also mentioned the St. Louis Cardinals, a traditional powerhouse of the big league. The team has Matt Adams and Mark Reynolds, left and right handed power hitters, but they both lack contact accuracy. Furthermore, Reynolds has already announced his plan to become a free agent. Pittsburgh is also a possibility. Pedro Albarez, the first baseman of the Pirates who pulled off 27 homeruns this season, certainly has the strength, but his defense and speed are not up to the mark, which makes him a typical designated hitter. In addition, a recent salary arbitration found that Albarez should be awarded with a minimum 5.75 million dollars in annual salary.