A report out of Korea last night, from Jung-Ho Kang’s club, says that the infielder will be heading to Pittsburgh on Wednesday in order to take a physical on Thursday. (h/t Bucs Dugout) Typically a physical is needed as the final step when a deal has been agreed upon. At the end of last week it was rumored that the Pirates were close to signing Kang, with Jon Morosi saying that an agreement could come by the middle of this week.
Jeeho Yoo says that if Kang does sign during this trip, he would remain in the U.S.
Also according to the Heroes, Kang will remain in the U.S. if he signs with the Bucs during this trip..
— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) January 12, 2015
He likely wouldn’t be signed in time to participate in mini-camp this week in Bradenton, although coming to the U.S. early could allow the Pirates to get some extra work in with Kang before Spring Training starts.