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Three KBO clubs sign new foreign players

By KH디지털2
  • Published : Nov 16, 2015 - 14:29
  • Updated : Nov 16, 2015 - 14:29
Three South Korean baseball clubs announced signings of new foreign players Monday.

The Doosan Bears, the reigning Korea Baseball Organization champion, acquired right-hander Michael Bowden on a one-year deal worth $650,000.

A first-round pick for the Boston Red Sox in 2005, Bowden made 103 Major League Baseball appearances from 2008 to 2013, with a record of 3-5 and a 4.50 in 103 appearances. The 29-year-old American spent the 2014 season with the Seibu Lions in Japan and split his 2015 season between the Triple-A affiliates of the Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins, going 11-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 appearances (17 starts).

Elsewhere in the league, the SK Wyverns signed Hector Gomez to be their new foreign position player, inking him to a one-year deal for $650,000. They've retained two pitchers, Merrill Kelly and Chris Seddon, for $750,000 and $500,000, respectively, to round out their foreign contingent.

The Wyverns opted not to re-sign Andrew Brown, who batted .261 with 28 home runs and 76 RBIs in 137 games in 2015, his first KBO season.

Gomez, 27, signed with the Colorado Rockies as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2004. He made his big league debut with the Rockies in 2011 and played in 66 games for the Milwaukee Brewers this year, hitting .181 with a home run and seven RBIs.

The lone home run -- his first in the majors -- came against Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 2014 National League MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner.

Gomez became a free agent in August and joined the San Diego Padres later that month. He batted .358 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 29 games for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate.

Gomez has mostly played second, third and shortstop over his pro career and made one outfield appearance for the Brewers this year.

The KT Wiz were also a busy club Monday, as they signed former Atlanta Braves right-hander Sugar Ray Marimon for one year at $600,000.

The 27-year-old from Colombia made 16 appearances for the Braves this year with a 0-1 record and a 7.36 ERA. In 17 games with the Braves' Triple-A team, Marimon was 5-4 with a 3.31 ERA.

He first signed with the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent in 2006 and signed with the Braves in November 2014.

The KBO teams can each have three foreign players but at least one of them must be a position player. The Wiz, an expansion franchise that joined the league in 2015, are allowed to have four foreign players for their first two seasons. (Yonhap)