MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights to slugger Byung Ho Park, a 29-year-old first baseman who hit a total of 105 home runs over the past two seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Major League Baseball announced Monday the notice from Park's team in the KBO, the Nexen Heroes, that Minnesota's bid was the highest. The posting fee was not disclosed by either MLB or the Twins, who said they wouldn't comment on the process ''out of respect'' for Park and the Heroes.

Per MLB rules, the Twins have a 30-day exclusive negotiating period to sign Park to a contract. In the interim, Park will remain under control of the Heroes.

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