GM Brian Cashman watches batting practice during the New York Yankees spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field. Tampa, FL 2/20/13
By Brendan Kuty
The Yankees might have to wait if they want a big South Korean prospect to fill Derek Jeter’s spot.
If Kang leaves the Korean Baseball Organization, he could become the hottest shortstop on the free-agent market. The 27-year-old had a monster year in 2014, clubbing 39 homers and driving in 115 runs while hitting .354. He’s also considered among the best defensive shortstops in South Korea.
But there are questions of whether Kang’s numbers would translate in the majors, where the talent level is, obviously, exceptionally higher.
Kang would join a group of free agent shortstops that doesn’t have a standout.
Hanley Ramirez, the market’s best hitter, may no longer be able to play shortstop full time anymore. There are also questions of whether Jed Lowrie and Asdrubal Cabrera can stick at shortstop. And Stephen Drew, the best defensive shortstop available, had a terrible year at the plate in 2014.