If any of this sounds familiar, it might be because Hwang was posted only because his teammate, Ah-seop Son, also did not attract any interest after Lotte posted him. (KBO rules stipulate that a team can only post one player at a time and can only accept one bid per offseason.) Both players had impressive statistics in 2015 — the 28-year-old Hwang batted .290/.350/.521 with 26 homers in 2015, solid numbers even in the hitter-friendly KBO. Meanwhile, KBO slugger Byung Ho Park did attract a bid, but signed a contract with the Twins that many commentators found to be rather small.
The size of Park’s contract surely partially was a result of his lack of bargaining power through the posting system, of course. But the lack of a market for KBO players like Hwang and Son this winter perhaps suggests that MLB teams remain skeptical of how KBO players will fare in MLB, even after Jung Ho Kang’s success with the Pirates last season.