Pirates Designate Jung-Ho Kang for Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that 32-year-old third baseman Jung-Ho Kang has been designated for assignment.

This move was expected after the Pirates couldn’t move Kang at the trade deadline, which wasn’t a surprise either. He is hitting .169/.222/.395 in 185 plate appearances this season, with ten homers and 60 strikeouts. He has also ranked below average defensively, which has him at a -0.6 WAR for the season.

Kang was nearing a $625,000 bonus based on plate appearances, so between that, his performance and the trade deadline passing (there’s no waiver deadline this year), it made no sense to keep him around. Expect more moves to be announced soon to fill open roster spots.