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Samsung Lions sign ex-MLB right-hander Tyler Cloyd

2015/01/08 14:48

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- The reigning South Korean baseball champs Samsung Lions said Thursday they've signed former big league right-hander Tyler Cloyd.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said they inked the 27-year-old pitcher to US$550,000, along with a signing bonus of $100,000.

Cloyd pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012 and 2013, going 4-9 with a 5.89 ERA in 19 appearances, 17 of them starts.

Cloyd had made 181 appearances, including 137 starts, in the minors, with a 63-39 record and a 3.56 ERA. He spent the last season with the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, and had a 10-8 record with a 3.89 ERA in 27 appearances. Cloyd tossed a no-hitter on July 30 against the Louisville Bats.

The Lions, who have won the past four KBO championships, said Cloyd can throw a quality cutter and sinker. Though he's not overpowering, Cloyd is a smart pitcher who can eat up innings, the Lions added.

With the acquisition of Cloyd, the Lions have completed their foreign player signing for the new season. They retained second baseman Yamaico Navarro for a second season and brought in right-hander Alfredo Figaro.

With the exception of the expansion KT Wiz, which will join the league in the upcoming season, the nine KBO teams can have up to three foreign players, and at least one has to be a position player. The Wiz can sign up to four foreign players in their first two seasons.

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