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Don’t Blame Me, I Wanted to Sign Kodos

Via CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman: The Pirates have won the bidding rights for standout infielder Jung-Ho Kang:

The winning bid was reported to be $5,002,015.

The Pirates and Kang will now try to negotiate a deal. Reports have suggested he may be amenable to a three- or four-year deal for around $5 million per year.

Pittsburgh wasn’t seen as a likely contender for Kang since its infield looks pretty solid, especially after picking up Sean Rodriguez to back up shortstop Jordy Mercer and has Neil Walker for second base and Josh Harrison for third base. But Kang has big-time power, and he hit 40 home runs in 117 games for the Nexen Heroes last year, and he is seen as versatile.

So what are the odds that this T-shirt be all the rage at PNC Park next season? 

More here.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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