By Yoo Jee-ho
SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) -- The Doosan Bears in the top domestic baseball league announced Tuesday they have acquired U.S. minor league pitcher Derek Hankins.
The Seoul-based club in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Hankins has signed for US$100,000 with no signing bonus.
The 30-year-old right-hander will replace Garrett Olson. The Bears released the struggling lefty who went just 1-1 in 10 appearances with a 6.52 ERA in his first KBO season.
Hankins is a career minor leaguer who made his pro debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Class A affiliate in 2004. He has also pitched for minor league teams under the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers.
This year, Hankins has appeared in 14 games for the Toledo Mud Hens, a Triple A affiliate of the Tigers, going 4-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 86 innings.
In his 10 minor league seasons, Hankins is 55-68 with a 4.40 ERA.
The Bears said Hankins will arrive in South Korea on Friday. The KBO will enter the All-Star break on Thursday and the teams will resume action next Tuesday.
Newspapers in Toledo said last week that Hankins would join the KBO club, but the Bears had denied those reports, saying Hankins was merely one of the players that they were looking at as a potential replacement for Olson.
Olson is the first foreign player to be released in the KBO this season. Teams can carry two foreign players, with the exception of the expansion NC Dinos, who are allowed to have three foreigners for their first two seasons in the league.
Under the league rules, the last date that the KBO teams can waive their foreign players is July 24. In order for new foreign players to play in the KBO postseason, they must be registered by Aug. 15.
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