June 22, 2021

Royals reportedly interested in Korean pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim (Royals Review)

The Royals are expected to have a very slow off-season with an ownership transition and a rebuild that rests on developing young players internally. But back-to-back 100-loss seasons may motivate General Manager Dayton Moore to look to improve the team on the field. Moore has always emphasized pitching, and after another poor season from the pitching staff, the Royals could look to add some arms.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Royals are one of number of teams with early interest in 31-year old Korean left-handed pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim. Kim has pitched for the SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization since he was 18, winning 136 games with a 3.27 ERA. The Wynverns are expected to post him and he has made it clear he would like to have his shot at Major League Baseball. Rosenthal reports the Mets, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Cubs as other teams with an early interest.

Under a new agreement with Japanese and Korean teams, a team no longer has exclusive negotiating rights if they bid the highest posting fee. Instead, all 30 MLB teams can negotiate with Kim, and his posting fee to the Wyverns will depend on the size of his guaranteed contract. Kim has tried…

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