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LG Twins announce signing two foreign players

All Headlines 13:51 January 10, 2014

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- The LG Twins in the top South Korean baseball league announced Friday that it has signed two foreign players for next season.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said they acquired former big league infielder Josh Bell and minor league pitcher Cory Riordan.

Terms of their deals were not disclosed, but the KBO imposes salary caps of US$300,000 on foreign players, who may be signed only to one-year contracts.

The KBO recently decided to add a roster spot for foreign players starting in the 2014 season. Teams can now carry up to three foreigners on their active rosters, and the cap is four for the expansion NC Dinos.

The Twins have now filled their foreign player quota for 2014. They have already re-signed pitcher Radhames Liz for the fourth consecutive season.

Bell is a 27-year-old switch hitter with 100 big league games, with four homers and 22 RBIs for the Baltimore Orioles and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010 to 2012.

In 743 career minor league games spanning nine seasons, Bell hit 106 home runs and drove in 448 runs while batting .279.

With two different minor league clubs in 2013, Bell hit .226 with five home runs and 21 RBIs.

He has played shortstop, third base, first base and right field in the minors, but has spent most of his time at the hot corner.

Riordan, a 27-year-old right-hander, has never pitched in the majors. In 188 minor league games, 133 of them starts, he has gone 43-47 with a 4.41 ERA in 897 2/3 innings. He has struck out 729 batters and walked 200.

Both Bell and Riordan will join the Twins when they open their spring training in Arizona next Wednesday, the team said.

In 2013, the Twins made their first postseason in 11 years but were knocked out of the second round by the cross-town rivals Doosan Bears.

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