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Good morning, baseball fans. A major league team bid $12.85 million in order to receive the exclusive negotiating rights with KBO first baseman Byung-ho Park. The 29-year-old is coming off of back-to-back 50+ home run seasons for Korea's Nexen Heroes. It is unclear which of the 30 MLB teams won the rights, but at least we cross off some names:
Orioles had interest in byung-ho park but we're outbid. $12.85M is winning bid. #mysteryteam— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 7, 2015
Blue Jays did not win bid for byung-ho park. By process of elimination, we oughta have it by Monday, when it's announced— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 8, 2015
Regarding Byung-ho Park, I hear it's also not mets, yanks, Dodgers, angels, padres or Indians.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 8, 2015
Mariners didn't bid on byung-ho park as they have trumbo for 1B. They see marte/taylor manning SS, seek C, CF, SP, RP help— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 9, 2015
Though the a's did bid on byung-ho park, they did not have the winning bid. Marlins and dbacks also did not have top bid.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 9, 2015
Industry sources confirm pirates did NOT win bidding for Park.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) November 9, 2015
Alex Hall of Athletics Nation asks whether or not the A's should forfeit a pick for a top free agent.
Waiting a year lets the roster picture come into better focus, and it opens the possibility of a more compelling free agent class to choose from. Granted, if they do strike next winter then they'll lose a much better pick, but maybe more of the front office will have been poached by then anyway. Maybe the team will be back in that winning mindset where the pennant is a closer goal than the future of the farm. And in the meantime, maybe the guy they draft next year at No. 40ish ends up being trade bait for the veteran they actually end up needing in their next playoff run.
The timing just doesn't make sense for a big purchase, or for the spending of anything except money. I could understand bringing back Zobrist if the bidding doesn't get too high, or Kazmir if his mediocrity in Houston makes him undervalued again. Otherwise, 2016 should be a year for Beane's team to get back to its roots -- graduating some exciting prospects and filling in the gaps with shrewd, short-term under-the-radar moves.
The A's are also not committing to a third-baseman just yet, according to Billy Beane.
Nick Lampe over at Viva El Birdos explores other outfield options for the Cardinals if Jason Heyward goes elsewhere.
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