The expectations are certainly riding high for Kang, who is coming off a 40-homer season in Korea. Kang also put himself in a tough position a few weeks ago when he was quoted as saying he "can play better than" Pirates shortstop
Although, Huntington said Kang was "absolutely horrified" how the quote about winning the shortstop job over Mercer was portrayed in the U.S., per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"The one mistake I made through Kang process is not coming out and saying how much we like Jordy Mercer," Huntington told MLB Network Radio. "We like him."
Huntington said Kang is "most comfortable" at shortstop, but added he is going to play at second and third base in spring training as well.
Tucker sustained the injury while playing in a rookie-league game in July. He opted for surgery after he aggravated the injury in the instructional league.
“We were certainly aware that Cole was battling this and were working with him as he tried to play through it,” assistant general manager Kyle Stark said in an email. “After struggling to (make) progress, we sought further testing and had further dialogue where all parties ultimately decided it was best to get the procedure done at that time.”
Tucker hit .267 with a .368 on-base percentage, .356 slugging percentage, .724 OPS, two triples, two home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI, 39 runs and 13 stolen bases in 48 games in the Gulf Coast League last season.
He is expected to be ready for the start of the minor-league season.
Elmore, who was claimed off waivers in early November, has just a .221 average over three MLB seasons. He also has two home runs, eight doubles and 13 RBI.
Worley is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He went 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 79:22 K:BB ratio in 110 2/3 innings in 2014.
Nine Pirates were able to avoid arbitration, but the team has yet to settle on deals with Walker, Alvarez and Vance Worley. Walker was offered $8 million, while Alvarez was offered $5.25 million.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Josh Harrison , 3B||.315|
|HR||Andrew McCutchen , CF||25|
|RBI||Andrew McCutchen , CF||83|
|OBP||Andrew McCutchen , CF||.410|
|SLG||Andrew McCutchen , CF||.542|
|R||Andrew McCutchen , CF||89|
|SB||Starling Marte , LF||30|
|W||Edinson Volquez , SP||13|
|ERA||Edinson Volquez , SP||3.04|
|WHIP||Edinson Volquez , SP||1.23|
|K||Francisco Liriano , SP||175|
|SV||Mark Melancon , RP||33|
|Full Team Statistics|
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