TODAY: Kim’s negotiating period begins at 7am CT tomorrow, and ends at 4pm CT on January 5, as per Jee-Ho Yoo of Yonhap News.
YESTERDAY: The Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization have posted outfielder Kim Jae-Hwan, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. As the agreement between MLB and the KBO dictates, Kim will have a 30-day window to negotiate with all 30 MLB clubs once he’s officially posted. Should he sign with a big league club, the release fee the Bears would receive would depend on the value of his contract.
“I don’t know which teams will show interest in me or how I am going to be evaluated, but I am just thankful for this opportunity,” Kim said (via the Korea Herald). “Every baseball player dreams of reaching the majors. I’d like to thank the Bears for allowing me to take on this challenge.”
Kim was one of the most prolific sluggers in Korea from 2016-18, a span in which he amassed 116 home runs and posted an OPS above 1.000 in each season. While Kim won KBO MVP honors in 2018, last season made for a somewhat disappointing follow-up. Kim totaled 15 homers and batted .283/.362/.434 across 574 plate appearances in a league where offensive production fell in general. Nevertheless, he’ll try his hand at landing a major league deal this winter.