Reds shell out near-record bid for Japanese star
The Cincinnati Reds have signed Japanese star Tito Whang to a three-year major league contract. The contract includes the second-highest signing bonus for an international player in the history of The Bigs. Whang will receive $31 million in guaranteed money, second only to the $32 million the Chicago (then Trenton) franchise paid Dominican pitcher Miguel Cayones last season. The 21-year-old Whang will begin his professional career with Cincinnati's Low-A affiliate.