Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. The Cubs announced Banks’ death, but did not provide a cause. Banks hit 512 home runs during his 19-year career and was fond of saying, ”It’s a great day for baseball. ”His joyous outlook will never be forgotten by fans of the Cubs and all those who love baseball,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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Seth Trachtman evaluates some individual sleepers for runs scored in 2015.

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South Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang can earn $750,000 annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances as part of his $11 million, four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kang gets $2.5 million in each of the first two seasons of the deal, which was announced Friday, and his salary rises to $2.75 million in 2017 and $3 million in 2018. The Pirates have a $5.5 million team option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout. In addition, Kang can be reimbursed a maximum $50,000 annually by the Pirates for four round-trip business class tickets for his family from South Korea to the U.S., and the team will provide Kang with an interpreter at a salary of up to $60,000.

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Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates have inked South Korean slugger Kang Jung-Ho to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season. Kang hit .356 with 36 doubles, 40 home runs and 117 runs-batted-in in 117 games with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2014. He led the league in slugging percentage (.739) and OPS (1.198) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.459), home runs and total bases (309). “First I want to thank the Nexen Heroes for allowing me the challenge of competing at a major league level,” Kang said in a statement on Friday.

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Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang’s outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues. Pittsburgh and the 27-year-old infielder finalized an $11 million, four-year contract on a busy Friday for the Pirates. Meanwhile, closer Mark Melancon was among nine of the Pirates’ 12 players who filed for arbitration earlier this week and agreed to one-year contracts. The Pirates were unable to reach terms with right-hander Vance Worley, first baseman Pedro Alvarez and second baseman Neil Walker and the sides exchanged arbitration figures.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang is on his way to Pittsburgh to finalize a deal with the Pirates.

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