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SportsPirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal

20:16  08 november  2018
20:16  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Jung - ho Kang (Korean: 강정호; Korean pronunciation: [kaŋ.dʑʌŋ.ɦo]; born April 5, 1987) is a South Korean infielder who is a free agent.

— With third baseman Jung Ho Kang set to open the season on the disabled list, the Pirates on Friday signed free-agent infielder David Freese to a one - year Freese also will get some playing time at first base, Huntington said. Freese has appeared in just nine games at first during his seven-year career.

PITTSBURGH - Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season.

Pirates sign 3B Jung Ho Kang to 1-year deal© Provided by thecanadianpress.com FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. The Pirates and the veteran third baseman agreed to a one-year deal Thursday, Nob. 8, 2018, that will bring Kang back for the 2019 season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, FIle)

The move comes a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, paying him a $250,000 buyout instead. Financial terms on Kang's new deal weren't immediately available.

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Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang said he has been sober since his third DUI arrest in December 2016 and is focused on getting into baseball shape and Kang , however, received a visa in April and was allowed to return to the United States. He is in the final year of an million, four- year contract with

The Pirates infielder hasn’t played since 2016 after a third drunken-driving arrest in South Korea.

"We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup," general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both."

Kang was a star in his native South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, when Pittsburgh won 98 games. It would be the high point of Kang's time with the Pirates.

The 31-year-old Kang didn't play in the U.S. between September 2016 and June 2018 because of visa issues connected to three DUI arrests in South Korea. He made it back to the majors with Pittsburgh in September, collecting two hits in six at-bats during the final weekend of the season.

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