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Struggling LG Twins replace one ex-big leaguer with another

All Headlines 17:44 June 15, 2015

SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- Struggling South Korean baseball club LG Twins replaced one former big leaguer with another on Monday.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club placed Jack Hannahan on the waivers and signed Luis Jimenez to a one-year deal worth US$350,000.

Jimenez, a third baseman from the Dominican Republic, has played for three clubs in Major League Baseball (MLB), most recently with the Boston Red Sox this year.

The 27-year-old has a lifetime batting average of .217 in 68 big league games with no homers and seven RBIs. In the minors, he batted .296 with 103 homers and 513 RBIs in 711 games.

The Twins said they liked Jimenez's power and defense at the hot corner.

Hannahan, who joined the Twins last offseason as a third baseman for $1 million, missed the early part of the season due to injuries, and only made his KBO debut on May 7. Hannahan, who has 614 MLB games under his belt, batted .327 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 32 games, mostly as a designated hitter.

The Twins are mired in ninth place among 10 clubs at 27 wins, 36 losses and one tie. The Twins have made the playoffs for the past two seasons.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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