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Doosan Bears agree to terms with minor leaguer Romero

All Headlines 16:40 May 26, 2015

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Doosan Bears said Tuesday they've agreed to terms with a minor league infielder Deibinson Romero.

Romero, the 28-year-old from Dominican Republic, has been playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis this year. The Bears said they need to go through some administrative formalities with the Pirates, including buying out Romero's contract, before the deal is finalized.

Romero, who has played mostly at third base with a few games at first base over his 10-year minor league career, is replacing Zach Lutz. The Bears released Lutz earlier this month after the former major leaguer bat just 3-for-27 in eight games in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO).

Romero was batting .301 in 37 games for Indianapolis with six homers and 27 RBIs. He's a career .266 hitter with 84 home runs and 485 RBIs in 900 minor league games, with no big league game under his belt.

The Bears said Romero brings solid offensive skills and a strong arm on defense.

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Bears were leading the 10-team KBO League at 25-16, despite being in the middle of the pack in major offensive categories such as runs scored, hits and home runs.


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