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Baseball club signs new American pitcher

The South Korean baseball club Kia Tigers said Sunday they've signed new American pitcher Pat Dean for the upcoming season.

The Korea Baseball Organization club inked the left-hander to a one-year contract worth $900,000. The 27-year-old replaces Zeke Spruill, who went 10-13 with a 5.27 ERA in his first season with the Tigers.

Dean, a former third round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins, made all of his 19 major league appearances in 2016 with the same club. He was 1-6 with a 6.28 ERA.

Dean has spent seven seasons in the minors, with a 51-57 record and a 4.12 ERA in 154 appearances.

The Tigers said Dean mixes his fastball -- which sits around 145 kph (90 mph) -- with sliders, changeups and curves. They said they liked Dean's command of his breaking balls and his consistency.

The KBO clubs are each allowed to carry a maximum three foreign players, and at least one must be a position player. The Tigers have decided to part ways with Spruill and infielder Brett Pill, and are trying to bring back starter Hector Noesi for another season. (Yonhap)