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It Now costs $12.85 million Just to Talk

¹Úº´È£, ½Ã¿øÇÏ°Ô Çѹæ!The Nexen Heroes have accepted the $12.85 million dollar bid from the Minnesota Twins for Korean superstar and 1st baseman Byung-Ho Park.

The Twins beat out at least a dozen teams and now have 30 days to negotiate with Park. That is right, the Twins paid the Nexen Heros $12.85 million just for the rights to talk to Park and hopefully sign him to a deal with the total cost of that deal will be on top of the $12.85 million.

Is he worth the money the Twins will have to invest in him?

The 29-year-old first baseman hit .343 with 53 homers and 146 RBIs in 140 games with Nexen in the KBO. In the 2015 MLB season Nolan Arenado lead baseball with 130 RBI’s with only 12 MLB players having over 100. As far as the long ball goes, Chris Davis led the league in 2015 with 47 home runs. Since 2008 only 2 players have 50 or more home runs in a single season, Jose Bautista in 2010 and Chris Davis in 2013. Lastly, no one in MLB hit for as high an average as Park did last season, the highest was Miguel Cabrera’s .338 and only 20 players hit .300 or above. Therefore, I think it is safe to say that offensivly, at least, Park is worth taking a chance on. But how much of a financial chance is he worth?

How much will he cost the Twins?

jung-ho-kang-Last off-season the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang to a four-year, $11 million deal after posting a bid of $5 million. There was some skepticism that Kang’s equally terrific numbers in Korea would not translate to MLB, but he hit .287 with a .355 OBP and 15 home runs before an unfortunate injury in September ended his first year in Pittsburgh prematurely. Kang’s performance did help ease the concerns teams might have had about bringing Park over. I would suspect that Park is going to cost the Twins more, so I will leave the years of the contract the same and say that Park will cost the Twins 4 years and $24 million dollars.

Why the Twins?

Minnesota is an interesting fit for his services, though. The Twins closed last season with Joe Mauer at first base and super-prospect Miguel Sano as the designated hitter. The early word is that they plan on moving Sano to left field, which would allow them to use Park as their primary DH and play some first base when Mauer needs a day off. Before any of these potential changes take place, the Twins and Park have to come to terms on a contract and they have a month to get that done.

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