The Nexen Heroes of Korea have accepted a $12.85 million posting fee by a mystery team for the rights to negotiate a contract with first baseman Byung-Ho Park, Korean media outlet Naver Sports reports.
The major league club that has won the negotiating rights will have 30 days to reach an agreement with Park. The 30-day period is set to begin on Monday, when the Heroes are expected to announce their final decision on the bid.
If no agreement is reached within 30 days, the Heroes will not receive the posting fee and Park will not play in the United States for the upcoming season. Last year, the Pirates paid $5 million to the Heroes to negotiate with infielder Jung Ho Kang before reaching a four-year deal worth $11 million.
Park, 29, has been scouted by several major league clubs including the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and New York Yankees. Kang finished last season with a .343 batting average, 53 home runs and 146 RBIs in 140 games. Park is a two-time MVP award winner in South Korea.
Watch Park hit a 522-foot home run in September below:
- Christopher Chavez