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Pirates Designate Jung-Ho Kang for Assignment

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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.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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