Twins win bid to negotiate with Korean star who hit 53 homers this season


The Minnesota Twins submitted the winning bid to begin contract negotiations with first baseman Byung-ho Park of the Korean Baseball Organization, the Twins announced Monday.

Why is this important? Because Park hit 53 homers last season and Minnesota is the only team now talking to him.

Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman writes that the Twins winning the bid for $12.85 million is surprising because "no one saw this coming."

Park has been a monster in Korea. He hit .343 with 53 homers and 146 RBIs in 140 games this season, which was slightly better than his 2014 campaign in which he hit .303 with 52 homers and 124 RBIs. He has 172 homers over the last four seasons, according to his Baseball-Reference page.


As 1500 ESPN notes, Minnesota has an exclusive 30-day period to negotiate with Park, but it doesn't guarantee they'll sign him. MLB Trade Rumors speculates that signing Park will take a deal somewhere in the five year, $40 million range. The $12.85 million bid simply gives Minnesota the chance to talk to him, and the Twins won't have to pay that money if they don't come to an agreement with Park, CBS Sports says.

What does this mean for Mauer?

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wonders if Mauer's future is in doubt if the Twins sign Park.

Adding Park to the Twins would create a further logjam at the corner infield positions, as Minnesota already jockeys Mauer, Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe at third, first and designated hitter. Sano could move to the outfield if he's able to take on the learning curve, or the Twins could trade Plouffe, the Post speculates.

The Twins say they won't comment further out of respect for Park and his team in Korea.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Wild fall flat against Predators, lose first game of season

The Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.