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KT Wiz acquire ex-big league pitcher Yohan Pino

All Headlines 14:29 December 16, 2015

SEOUL, Dec. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club KT Wiz announced their acquisition of former major league pitcher Yohan Pino on Wednesday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Pino agreed to a one-year deal worth US$700,000.

The 31-year-old right-hander from Venezuela has spent the majority of his career in the minors, but does have 18 big league appearances to his credit, split between the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals over the past two years. He has a career major league record of 2-7 with a 4.63 ERA in 79 2/3 innings. A dozen of his 18 appearances were starts.

He has pitched in 310 minor league games, 169 of them starts, posting a 90-60 record and a 3.82 ERA.

The Wiz said Pino mixes his fastball with a changeup, curve and slider. He will join the second-year franchise at the start of their spring training next month in Arizona.

The KBO clubs can have a maximum three foreign players on their rosters but the Wiz can carry up to four players from overseas over their first two seasons. At least one of them must be a position player.

Pino rounds out the foreign contingency for the Wiz, who have retained infielder Andy Marte from last season and newly acquired right-handers Travis Banwart and Sugar Ray Marimon.

They have parted ways with right-handers Chris Oxspring and Justin Germano. The Wiz had hoped to bring back infielder Dan Black for another season but he recently signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins.

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