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S. Korean baseball club signs Mexican pitcher

2016/05/18 19:05

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Samsung Lions said Wednesday they've acquired Mexican pitcher Arnold Leon.

The Daegu-based club said it signed the 27-year-old right-hander to a one-year deal worth US$500,000, a figure that includes a signing bonus. The deal came just a day after the Lions released their American starter Collin Balester who went 0-3 with a 8.03 ERA in three starts in his first season in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Leon, whose name means "lion" in Spanish, went 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in his 29 Major League Baseball (MLB) appearances. He made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics in April 2015. This year, he was with the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In the minors, Leon posted 33-26 with a 3.79 ERA in 232 games.

The Lions, the five-time reigning pennant winners, are currently sixth in the 10-team league with a 18-19 record.

kdon@yna.co.kr

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