Kang agrees to $3M, 1-year deal with Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang is staying with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh and the third baseman agreed Thursday to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal was announced a week after Pittsburgh declined a $5.5 million club option for Kang, triggering a $250,000 buyout.

“We feel that bringing Jung Ho back in 2019 will make us better as he will have the ability to make a positive impact on our lineup,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Competition and options are important to any organization and this signing provides us with both.”

Kang was a star in his native South Korea when the Pirates signed him to an $11 million, four-year deal in January 2015.

He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year balloting after hitting 15 homers and driving in 58 runs in 2015, when Pittsburgh won 98 games.

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