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Rangers Scouting Korean Star



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    Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, talk with the media at Globe Life Park on April 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

    The Rangers made a huge splash before the 2012 season by posting more than $50 million to merely get the rights to negotiate a contract with Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish.

    Of course, we all know how that ended up. But since then, the posting rules have changed in MLB and now there is a cap, meaning teams can't post exorbitant amounts of cash to discuss a contract with a foreign player.

    Now, the Rangers are reportedly in on another international star, as Korean star Byung-ho Park is rumored to be posted by Nexen Heroes of KBO as soon as Monday, and the Rangers are reportedly one of several teams who have sent executives to scout the first baseman, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    The slugging first baseman hits right-handed (bonus) and has hit at least 30 homers in the past four years and has exceeded 50 in each of the past two seasons.

    The KBO isn't the best competition, but behind MLB and Japan, it's probably the best baseball in the world, and the Pirates saw their investment last winter in Jung-ho Kang pay off this year.

    It'll be interesting to see if the Rangers and Jon Daniels make a legitimate offer to the Heroes or if they're just doing their due diligence.