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Jung-Ho Kang: I can outplay Jordy Mercer

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Here are some highlights from Jung-Ho Kang's press conference with the Korean media just before his flight to the U.S. This first one is eye-opening:

Maybe Kang can beat out Mercer, and as David notes, it's good that he believes he can, but this was not a smart thing to say, even if he wasn't intending to be inflammatory. The fact is that he has little idea what he's getting into. Also, I bet if Mercer, who posted a 2.0 fWAR last year, were to hit the market through the posting system, he'd get a lot more than $5 million. Good on Kang if he can outplay Mercer, but Mercer will likely, and probably should, head into the season as the starter at shortstop.

I wouldn't read too much into this. Kang probably isn't a key part of contract negotiations, and every indication is that he'll sign.