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Lotte Giants sign left-hander Brooks Raley

2014/12/14 13:39

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Lotte Giants announced Sunday they have signed American left-hander Brooks Raley.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said Raley has agreed to a US$450,000 deal, along with a signing bonus of $50,000. Foreign players may only sign one-year contracts in the top South Korean league.

Raley, 26, has made 14 big league appearances, all of them with the Chicago Cubs, and spent 2014 with two Triple-A teams: the Minnesota Twins' affiliate in Rochester and the Los Angeles Angels' affiliate in Salt Lake City.

He has a 30-41 record with a 4.18 ERA in 121 minor league appearances, and a 1-2 record with a 7.04 ERA in 38 1/3 big league innings.

The Giants are also reportedly closing in on a deal with right-hander Josh Lindblom, a 27-year-old with 110 major league games to his credit.

The Giants earlier signed former major league outfielder Jim Adduci. They have parted ways with two of their three foreign players from the 2014 season, left-hander Shane Youman and infielder Luis Jimenez. Chris Oxspring, a veteran right-hander who's pitched the past two seasons for the Giants, also appears in danger of losing his spot as the Giants are about to sign Lindblom.

The KBO teams are only allowed to sign three foreign players, and one of them must be a position player. The KT Wiz, an expansion franchise joining the league next year, can have four foreign players in their first two seasons.

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