Bulls in the process of finalizing a free agent deal with Pau Gasol. It will not be a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.
Gasol previously turned down a 2 year, $10 M-plus deal from the Lakers and a $11 M-plus a year contract from Atlanta. He had stated that he wanted to play for a contender, so that, in addition to a larger contract, likely played a major role in his decision. The Bulls will be looking for big contributions from their new center in his first year with the team. ANALYST: Ben Diamond
Korean slugger Byung-ho Park is reportedly traveling to Minnesota to talk with the Twins.
With a $12.85M winning bid, the Twins now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Park and his agent. If they don't, they will be refunded the money and Park will return to the KBO. The Korean slugger batted .343/.436/.714 with 53 home runs last season for the Nexen Heroes and hit 52 the year before. The KBO is notoriously hitter-friendly, so take those numbers with a grain of salt. He should still be able to hit for power, but given the dimensions of Target Field, 25 home runs is more of a realistic expectation. Analysis: Howard Bender