South Korean free agent pitcher Yang Hyeon-jong has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers with an opportunity to compete for a big league spot.
In a press release Friday, the Rangers announced the signing of Yang alongside catcher John Hicks and infielder Brock Holt, with all three signed on minor league contracts but invited to major league spring training.
Some details of his contract have been unveiled. According to MLB.com, the 32-year-old was likely to be offered a one-point-three million dollar deal for the year with 550-thousand dollars in performance bonuses, if he makes the big league roster.
The most he can claim this season would be one-point-85 million dollars.
Yang is expected to finalize his work visa and fly to the United States in the coming days to join the Rangers for spring training which begins next Wednesday in Surprise, Arizona.
Yang has spent his entire professional career playing in the KBO with the Kia Tigers.
If he does get to join the major league, he will become the third South Korean to play for the Texas Rangers after Park Chan-ho and Choo Shin-soo.