Mets pass on Jung-Ho Kang bid

The posting period for South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang has expired, and the Mets decided not to bid for the right to negotiate with him.

The winning bid for the right to negotiate with Kang's representative reportedly was $5,002,015, although the victorious team has not yet been revealed.

Daniel Kim, the former interpreter for Jae Weong Seo with the Mets, who has become a prominent baseball analyst in South Korea, offered this description of Kang (via former Mets beat writer Kevin Czerwinski):

"Line-drive hitter that will crush mistakes but chase the high fastball. He will go the other way if the pitcher tries to nibble and has decent power to all fields. Home runs in Korea will translate into doubles. He will fare well against Nos. 3-4-5 starters. Defensively he has an above-average arm and will make up for lack of speed by studying hitters' swings and pitch sequences."