The Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization have rejected the Texas Rangers‘ bid for left-hander Hyeon-jong Wang according to a news release by the team.
Earlier this week, MK Sports reported that the Rangers won the bidding for his services at $1.5 million. The Minnesota Twins also submitted a bid close to $1.5 million according to multiple reports.
In eight seasons for the Tigers, Yang went 62-42 with a 4.33 era. He never pitched more than 170 innings in a season, and teams considered him a middle of the rotation starter.
His 157/73 K/BB ratio is promising, but an era over four doesn’t bode well for pitching against more advanced Major League hitters.
Yang wanted to pitch in America, but the Tigers were reportedly not happy with the amount of the bid, and weren’t willing to let him go anywhere.
According to MLB posting rules, Yang can’t be made available to MLB teams again until November 1st, 2015.