Report: Giants showing interest in Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang

Report: Giants showing interest in Korean infielder Jae-gyun Hwang

The Giants are yet to sign a big-name bat during this offseason, most notably bringing back Michael Morse on a minor-league deal and also signing veteran infielder Jimmy Rollins to a minor-league deal as well. 

In the latest news on the rumor mill though, San Francisco's front office has kept tabs on a big name in Korea. The Giants have reportedly showed continued interest in free agent infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Hwang, 29, primarily plays third base. He is an unrestricted free agent and will not require a posting fee. 

In 2016, Hwang produced a career year for the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization, hitting .330/.391/.358 while tying a career-high 26 home runs in 118 games played. At the plate, Hwang also notched a career-best 104 RBI, and swiped 24 bases. 

A big change to Hwang's approach last season could be boosting the interest of MLB clubs. Two seasons ago, Hwang struck out 122 times and posted a .350 on-base percentage. Then, in 2016, Hwang cut his strikeouts down to only 64, his lowest since 2008, and increased his on-base percentage to the highest of his career. His strikeout rate dropped from 22.8 percent of his at-bats to 13.8 percent in just one year.

Over 10 seasons in the KBO, Hwang has hit .285/.349/.433 with 114 home runs, 585 RBI and 172 stolen bases.

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

Giants lineup: Nunez in right field against Padres

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With the Giants shuffling players around, Eduardo Nunez finds himself manning right field Saturday evening against the Padres.

San Diego Padres:
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Cory Spangenberg (L) LF
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
6. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
7. Austin Hedges (R) C
8. Erick Aybar (S) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Joe Panik (L) 2B
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Michael Morse (R) 1B
5. Christian Arroyo (R) SS
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) RF
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Matt Cain (R) P

 

Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Giants move Crawford from bereavement list to 10-day DL

Brandon Crawford, who was already on the bereavement list, has been placed on the 10-day DL by the Giants on Saturday.

Crawford has already served three of the 10 days due to his stint on the bereavement list. The Giants' shortstop is dealing with a right groin strain.

In 21 games this season, Crawford is hitting .263/.284/.434 with two home runs. He won his second Gold Glove last season. 

Rookie Christian Arroyo is taking his place at shortstop on Saturday.