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Two KBO clubs sign new foreign players

2014/11/25 15:39

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Yonhap) -- Two Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) clubs on Tuesday announced their acquisitions of former Major League Baseball (MLB) players.

The Lotte Giants said they signed outfielder Jim Adduci to a one-year deal worth US$650,000, a figure that includes a signing bonus.

The 29-year-old played 61 games with the Texas Rangers in 2013 and 2014, with a career big league batting average of .189 with one home run, eight RBIs and five steals.

The left-handed outfielder has 902 minor league games under his belt and has hit .285 with 41 home runs and 358 RBIs.

Also on Tuesday, the LG Twins said they signed right-hander Lucas Harrell to a one-year deal worth $900,000, which includes a signing bonus.

The 29-year-old has appeared in 88 MLB games, 62 of them starts, for the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros from 2010 to 2014. He went 18-33 with a 4.84 ERA in 401 2/3 big league innings.

In the minors, Harrell was 67-51 with a 3.97 ERA in 169 appearances, 161 of which were starts.

Tuesday is the last day for the KBO clubs to decide which of their foreign players they'd like to keep for next season. Several teams, including the Giants and the Twins, will undergo roster changes this offseason.

The Giants said they will not bring back left-hander Shane Youman and infielder Luis Jimenez. They will try to re-sign right-hander Chris Oxspring.

The Twins have decided to part ways with outfielder Brad Snyder and left-hander Everett Teaford and to try to keep right-hander Cory Riordan on board for 2015.

The Samsung Lions, the Korean Series champs, will be without right-hander J.D. Martin for next season but will try to retain right-hander Rick van den Hurk and infielder Yamaico Navarro.

The Nexen Heroes, runners-up to the Lions, said Vinny Rottino, a utility player who could play in the outfield and behind the plate, will not be part of the team next season. The team will instead seek to keep their top two starters, Andy Van Hekken and Henry Sosa.

In 2014, eight of the league's nine teams each carried three foreign players, while the NC Dinos, in their second year of existence, had four foreign players.

In 2015, the KT Wiz will join the KBO as the 10th club. They will have four foreign players in their first two seasons. The rest of the league will each have three players from overseas. At least one foreign player must be a position player.