Hwang agreed to a four-year, $7.85 million deal with the KT Wiz of the KBO, Sung Min Kim of the Sporting News reports.
He signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last season and was a flop, hitting .154 in a brief big-league stint while being a below league (98 wRC+) average hitter in the Pacific Coast League. It is no surprise that Hwang chose to return to a league where he has had past success. The length of the deal makes it unlikely that he will ever return to MLB, as he will be 34 when the deal is over, presumably past his prime.
Now that he's been removed from the 40-man roster, Hwang will not be joining the Giants' callups as rosters expand. The Triple-A season ends in the next few days, with Hwang holding a .287/.334/.458 line with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases through 380 plate appearances. His future major-league potential with the Giants remains in doubt.
Hwang was demoted to the minors following Wednesday's loss to the Athletics, Andrew Baggarly of The Mercury News reports.
The international star was clearly outmatched in the majors, batting just .154 with 15 strikeouts in 57 plate appearances. Hwang will report back to Triple-A Sacramento where he slashed .290/.334/.473 this season, but a return prior to rosters expanding in September is unlikely. Ryder Jones was called up in a corresponding move to take over third base duties for the Giants.
Hwang went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.
The former KBO star got to spend his 30th birthday in the starting lineup, delivering an RBI single off Alex Wood in the seventh inning. Hwang has struggled in the majors this season (.175/.233/.275), but the Giants could give him an extended look down the stretch over more proven options to see what they have in the international slugger. For now, he appears to be in a platoon at third base with Conor Gillaspie.
Hwang was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Hwang was sent back to the minors just six days ago, but with Eduardo Nunez heading to Boston via trade, the Giants needed more infield depth. The former KBO star will likely move into a bench role given his .509 OPS in 36 at-bats earlier this year.
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