The 28-year-old Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang, who will be posted by his team in Korea on Monday (Rosenthal, Dec. 13).
The Mets, Cardinals, Padres, A’s, Yankees, Royals, Nationals and D-Backs are all expected to be among teams with interest.
“He has very good bat speed and the potential for power, but I worry he’ll struggle to catch up to big-league fastballs,” an international scout told MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone last week, comparing Kang to free-agent SS Asdrubal Cabrera. “He’s an adequate fielder with decent reactions and a below-average arm who is probably best suited for right field or second base.”
Kang, who hit 38 HR with 107 RBI, though the Giants are convinced his numbers will not translate to MLB (Shea, Dec. 9). Similarly, while the Mets are interested, they question whether he can play shortstop (Rubin, Dec. 8). Kang can also play second or third base, according to reports.
Kang may cost at least a two- to three-year deal and a $10 million posting fee, according to MLB insiders (Cerrone, Dec. 10).
Brian Cashman said he inquired about Wade Miley and Rick Porcello (CBS New York, Dec. 11).
“Did I call Arizona? Yes,’’ Cashman said. “Did I call Detroit? Yes. I didn’t have [Yoenis] Cespedes to send to Detroit. We are waiting for something we are comfortable with.’’
Both Miley and Porcello were traded by the Diamondbacks and Tigers, respectively, to the Red Sox.
There are certainly still holes in the Yankees roster, but Cashman said there’s still time to put the pieces together.
“I threw a lot of different ideas a lot of different ways,” Cashman said. “There is a long way between now and Opening Day. I will keep conversations alive.”
Alex Rodriguez isn’t yet at the weight the New York Yankees want him to be at when he reports to spring training in two months.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Matthew Krause, the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator, visited A-Rod on Wednesday in Miami.
“Like all our players, you have a report weight we’re hopeful that they hit,” Cashman said. “He’s approaching that. He’s not at that spring-training weight that we desire just yet. But there was progress, and he continues to tweak – Matt continues to tweak his conditioning program.”
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After the New York Yankees signed Andrew Miller to a four-year contract, David Robertson wasn’t shocked to not get an offer from the team (ESPN, Dec. 10).
“I wasn’t surprised,” Robertson said. “You know, it is a business. The Yankees had to do what they had to do. Obviously, when they signed Miller, I had a feeling they might not approach us as well as we would have liked.”
Robertson signed a four-year, $46 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
“I didn’t know which direction [the Yankees] were going to go,” Robertson said. “But I was very fortunate. I was excited about the opportunity to play in Chicago. I’m just glad that everything worked out, and now I’m a White Sox.”
Not to mention, after the Yankees have missed the playoffs the past two years, Robertson said he’s looking forward to being a contender.
“For me, I needed to know that where I was going to live was going to be great for me and my family and that I was going to get an opportunity to compete, a chance to win and be in a place where my family would be happy. I’m hoping to get back to the playoffs,” he said.
RHP Brandon McCarthy is close to signing a four-year deal with the Dodgers (Rosenthal, Dec. 10).
The Yankees acquired McCarthy from the Diamondbacks in July in exchange for Vidal Nuno and had interest in re-signing him.
After joining the Yankees, McCarthy posted a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 90.1 innings pitched (14 starts) down the stretch.
For his career, McCarthy has posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 989.1 innings pitched over parts of nine seasons.
The Yankees are showing interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo (Crasnick, Dec. 10).
After losing David Robertson to the White Sox, and signing a four-year deal with Andrew Miller, the Yankees are still trying to identify who will be their closer in 2015 and beyond.
Romo had 23 saves for the Giants in 2014, posting a 3.72 ERA and 0.948 WHIP. Over the last three seasons, Romo has saved 75 games for San Francisco.
He also has postseason experience, with a 2.11 ERA over 25 playoff games, including six World Series appearances, where he’s yet to give up a run and struck out 10 batters in six innings of work.