According to Jeeho Yoo of Korea's Yonhap News, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with Korean infielder Jae-Gyun Hwang on a minor league contract that will pay $1.5 million in the majors. He can also earn up to $1.6 million in incentives.
Hwang could theoretically start the season as the Giants' everyday third-baseman assuming he plays well in camp. In that scenario, Eduardo Nunez would shift to left field and Jarrett Parker will compete for a bench spot.
If it turns out he's not quite ready initially, he could head down to Sacramento to get some additional seasoning.
Hwang spent last season with the Lotte Giants of the KBO slashing .330/.391/.558 with 26 home runs. The San Francisco Giants are hoping that the 29-year old can translate those numbers to the world's biggest stage.
That Hwang was unable to secure a major league contract comes as a bit of a surprise considering the fact that he was offered big money from many teams in his native South Korea. Personally, I anticipated Hwang to reel in at least $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 on the major league side of a split contract, but regardless, the Giants were able to get a bargain who could potentially suit up as the everyday third baseman soon.