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The Indians could be spectators.. or acquire the next Shin-soo Choo..we'll know by the end of the week..
The Indians have reportedly scouted Kang, 27. There was speculation it could take as much as $39M to land Kang with posting anticipated in the $5-$15M range and rumors Kang wants a 3/$24M contract. It's hard to gauge where his actual cost will fall with a number of teams reportedly split on his ability to translate at the plate in the bigs.
There is also some question which is the best position for Kang. Kang has played SS in SKorea, but also has experience all around the diamond. Despite the questions, Kang has performed at a high level, receiving the Golden Glove award, the American equivalent being the Silver Slugger. Kang's RH power (39hrs last yr) and his ability to play SS may drive up his mkt. However, with the uncertainty tied to his position and his swing I don't think he gets 3/$24M. It just takes one team...and with power lacking around the big leagues a team may view $39M a cheap(er) alternative (than FA) for multiple yrs of control.
IF Kang's bat is legit this is an opportunity for a team like the Indians to add a young RH hitting power bat for multiple yrs and with some positional flexibility. I've heard some comparisons to Hideki Matsui. Kang reportedly boasts a 60 arm, however, lacks the athleticism to likely stay at SS. However, his experience around the diamond may lead to him transitioning smoothly to another position, or it may simply mean he is utilized as a UTL player with a power bat.
There is really no consensus on Kang, but with RH power lacking in the majors lacking, he seems likely to get paid. I would like to see the Indians take a chance on him, but not at $39M (total). If the Indians could get him for nearly half ($20-24M total over 3yrs) Id like to see them make a run at him.