Well, pitchers & catchers report to Bradenton in 40 days… Here are some Bucco notes to hold us over.
– Jung-Ho Kang is coming… As the January 20th deadline approaches, the Pirates are “close to a pact” with the 27-year-old Korean infielder, according to Jon Heyman.
[quote_simple]Kang had been thought to be seeking a four-year for about $5 million a year, and it appears the Pirates are amenable to the length of the deal as their interest is strong. They are also committed to the $5,002,015 bid fee already, presuming the deal gets done.
Kang’s agent Alan Nero recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “At this point, I feel confident we’ll come to an agreement. The process has been very positive.” [/quote_simple]
He could be a Pittsburgh Pirate at some point in the next week:
Kang's agent, Alan Nero, anticipates a deal getting done with Pirates "next week"
— Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) January 9, 2015
There are still a lot of question marks here, especially figuring out exactly where Kang fits. But it seems to be a good thing for now, if only for the fact that it can greatly improve the bottom of the team’s roster. A bench consisting of Kang, Corey Hart (1B), Sean Rodriguez (everywhere), Travis Snider (OF), and Chris Stewart (C) — to go along with an already solid lineup — sounds pretty good.
– Dejan Kovacevic has a nice bit in his Friday Insider about the transformation of the Pirates’ front office…
[quote_simple]“The change between then (2012) and now … it’s just amazing,” one U.S.-based scout was telling me Thursday. “You had battles between departments, people looking out for themselves, everyone heading their own way … it’s just not like that now. Now … you can just feel it … scouting and development are together, the way we analyze and evaluate and discuss things … everything’s out in the open. It’s been just a tremendous environment.”[/quote_simple]
– In case you missed it, here’s how some of the Pittsburgh writers voted for the Hall of Fame.
87 days until Opening Day…