Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Pirates' 3B Kang granted visa, will rejoin club

Pirates' 3B Kang granted visa, will rejoin club

Then his career was sidetracked by a third DUI conviction in Korea (all since 2009).

The club announced Thursday that the South Korean third baseman has been granted a work visa by the US government and will report to the team's training complex in Bradenton, Florida.

Kang, now 31, hasn't played in MLB since late May of 2016 because of legal problems in his native Korea and had been on the Major League Baseball restricted list since the beginning of the 2017 season.

Kang played 229 games over two seasons with the Pirates in 2015-16.

Kang is set to make US$3 million this year, with a $5.5 million club option (or $250,000 buyout) for 2019.

The deal paid off in a big way for the Pirates as Kang became the first successful position player to make the transition from he Korean Baseball Association to Major League Baseball.

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"After a lengthy process, we are pleased that Jung Ho has been allowed to re-enter to the United States", Pirates president Frank Coonelly said, according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Across 229 games, Kang owns a slash line of.273/.355/.483 (126 OPS+) with 36 home runs, 43 doubles, and time spent at third base and shortstop.

There is no date yet for when Jung Ho Kang might get back on the field for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the team released a statement showing their support for Kang. He became a fan favorite with his hard play and overall hustle. The Bucs acquired rookie third baseman Colin Moran from Houston as part of the Gerrit Cole deal to be the team's everyday starter. Mercer signed a one-year deal for $6.7 million in the off-season and will be a free agent at the end of this season.

Kang tried to stay sharp by playing in the Dominican Winter League past year but was released by his club in November following an extended slump.

If Jung Ho Kang can resemble the hitter he was two years ago, he'll be a nice addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup.

He is still on the Restricted List, but is expected to report to the Pirates' extended Spring Training in Florida to get into game shape before rejoining the team.

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