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.