The Twins have won the bidding for Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang, who was posted by the Kia Tigers three weeks ago.
No word yet on the winning bid. The Twins have 30 days to work out a contract agreement with Yang. But a deal could be close. If it is not finalized , Yang will return to Korea and won’t be eligible to be posted again until Nov. 1, 2015.
Yang, who will turn 27 in March, was named the inaugural winner of the Choi Dong-won Award in 2014, which was created as the Korean equivalent to the Cy Young Award. Yang earned the award by going 16-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 29 starts. Yang had 165 K’s and 77 BB’s, while throwing a career-high 171 1/3 innings.
A pitcher being 25 percent better than this year’s MLB average would translate to a 2.80 ERA. Still not Cy Young territory, but good for a top-20 finish nonetheless. Yang is compared to Dodger’s lefty Hyun-Jin Ru.