Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has clarified that the Red Sox do not have an agreement with Byung-ho Park. Rather, they have a working agreement with Parks’ team, the Nexen Heroes. HardballTalk regrets the error. Our apologies to Passan.
6:05 p.m. ET: Jeff Passan that the Red Sox have a working agreement with Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park. It was reported on Friday that Parks’ team, the Nexen Heroes, had accepted a $12.85 million posting fee from a then-unknown team.
What I do know is that the teams that have a huge presence with their scouts in the Korean Baseball Organization are the Cardinals, Yankees and Pirates.
Several reporters have ruled out certain clubs. Here’s the list:
Indians placed bid but did not win (Jordan Bastian of MLB.com)
Tigers did not place bid (Chris Iott of MLive.com)
Rangers did not win bidding (T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com)
Orioles placed bid but did not win (Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun)
Padres did not win bidding (Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune)
The posting period closed Friday and the Heroes had until Monday to accept or reject the bid, though they wasted no time accepting. The team and Park now have 30 days to work out a contract. So the drama still continues until we find out which team made the bid next week. Hopefully the Cardinals won the bid for a home run hitting first baseman.
Source: Mike Axisa/CBS Sports