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SK Wyverns acquire former MLB outfielder Andrew Brown

2015/01/15 16:07

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club SK Wyverns announced Thursday they've signed former big league outfielder Andrew Brown to a one-year deal.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Brown, 30, signed a contract worth US$700,000, along with a $100,000 signing bonus.

Brown, who bats and throws right-handed, comes in with 144 Major League Baseball (MLB) games under his belt. He has played for three teams, most recently the New York Mets last year, and has batted .220 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs.

In 103 games for the Mets' Triple-A team in Las Vegas, Brown hit 21 homers and drove in 69 runs, while batting .283.

The Wyverns said they liked Brown's ability to hit for power and average, and also his versatility on defense. Brown mostly played in the outfield in Las Vegas last year, but put in four games at first base and one game at third base.

With the latest acquisition, the Wyverns have filled their foreign player quota for 2015. They're bringing back pitcher Travis Banwart for his second season, and they acquired right-hander Merrill Kelly last month.

The team said Brown is scheduled to join the Wyverns at their spring training site in Florida on Friday.

jeeho@yna.co.kr

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