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Rangers' Pitch to Korean Lefty Fouled Off



    Rangers' Pitch to Korean Lefty Fouled Off
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    INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 28: Pitcher Yang Hyeon-Jong of South Korea pitches in the bottom of the seventh inning during the Baseball Final between South Korea and Chinese Taipei during the day nine of the 2014 Asian Games at Munhak Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

    I’m not saying Hyeon-jong Yang was going to be the second coming of Yu Darvish. I’m just saying that when you’re denied something you desire it makes for a crappy Thanksgiving.

    The Rangers this week - we think - won the bidding for the Korean left-handed starter at $1.5 million. (The Twins also put in a bid of $1.5 million.) And we all know that pitching is a main area of need this winter. But Yang’s club – the Kia Tigers – now says via press release that the Rangers’ bid will not be accepted and that will keep him put.

    Yang, who is 62-42 with a 4.33 ERA in eight seasons, would have been a middle-of-the-rotation pitcher on Texas’ staff. But with this international swing and miss, the search for upgrades continues.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.

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