Kang is expected to pursue a minor-league deal after his return to the Korean Baseball Organization was blocked by suspensions, Jason Lee of JaysJournal.com reports.

It was reported about two weeks ago that the 33-year-old was attempting a return to his home country as he removed himself from the "voluntarily retired" list, but KBO rules dictate a minimum three-year suspension for a third-offense DUI, which Kang was found guilty of in December 2016. He had a strong showing over his first two seasons in Pittsburgh with an .838 OPS, 43 doubles and 36 homers in 229 games between 2015 and 2016, but he's since faced numerous legal issues. Kang has only 191 plate appearances and a .618 OPS over the past three years, and any potential minor-league deal is further complicated by the uncertainty of the MLB and minor-league seasons in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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