Twins, Byung-Ho Park Agree to Four Year Deal

Park hit 53 home runs last year in the KBO, helping him win his second KBO MVP [Yonhap News]

MINNEAPOLIS- The Minnesota Twins and Korean slugger Byung-Ho Park have agreed to a four-year, $12 million deal. This comes after the Twins won the bidding war for negotiation rights to Park.

Park, a 29 year old first baseman/ designated hitter, hit 53 home runs and batted .343 in 140 games in the KBO last year on his way to his second KBO MVP award.

The real question for the Twins now is where they will put him. The likely solution is to make Park their designated hitter, keep Joe Mauer at first base, and move budding superstar Miguel Sano to the one of the corner outfield positions. This would remove the Twins biggest offensive hole and allow for prospect Max Kepler to develop more in the Minors.

This signing come the offseason after the Pirates signed Korean slugger Jung Ho Kang. Though he saw a drop in power, Kang was a major candidate for rookie of the year before he tore his MCL in September.

After they just missed the playoffs last year, the Twins look poised to make the playoffs with Park and top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano starting their first full seasons.

The question for the Twins fans now is they will get relief help, as the Twins have expressed interest in veteran Joakim Soria. With this acquisition, the Twins could make a push for October.



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