Jung Ho Kang unlikely to join Pirates this season

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang's appeal of a suspended eight-month prison sentence for DUI and fleeing the scene has been dismissed by the Seoul Central District Court.

What It Means:

Kang won't serve jail time in South Korea, but the decision by the court makes it incredibly difficult for him to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States. His lawyers have called the suspended prison term a potential "death sentence" for the 30-year-old's MLB career. Any return in 2017 seems highly improbable.

Kang slashed .255/.354/.513 with a .369 wOBA across 370 plate appearances (103 games) for the Pirates last season. He added 21 home runs and 62 RBI's with 2.2 wins above replacement.