Jon Heyman is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang are close to a deal and it will likely be for four years. Early word said that Kang and his agent were seeking a deal worth $20 M over four seasons, which would be on top of the $5,002,015 bid the Pirates submitted to win the rights to negotiate with Kang. Heyman says the Pirates “are amenable to the length of the deal as their interest is strong”.
UPDATE 3:20 PM: It sounds like the two sides won’t get anything done over the weekend as two sources are now reporting negotiations will now go into next week. If there are any updates, we will report them here.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 9, 2015