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All Headlines 14:37 June 20, 2016

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SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) -- The Nexen Heroes announced their signing of new foreign pitcher Scott McGregor on Monday.

The right-hander signed for US$150,000, including a signing bonus. He replaces Robert Coello, who was waived by the Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club last Thursday.

McGregor has been pitching for the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League this year. He has gone 4-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 59 innings across nine starts for the Patriots this year. He has struck out 31 and walked six.

In seven minor league seasons, McGregor has been 46-47 with a 4.43 ERA in 169 appearances, 116 of them starts.

The Heroes noted McGregor throws a four-seamer, cutter, curve and change-up, and is able to change speeds on his curve.

McGregor is scheduled to join the Heroes Tuesday, but his first start in the KBO hasn't been scheduled yet.

Coello had been rumored to be on his way to another KBO club, the Hanwha Eagles, but they signed right-hander Fabio Castillo on Monday instead.

The Eagles inked Castillo to a $250,000 deal, after waiving right-hander Alex Maestri.

Maestri had gone just 2-2 with a 9.42 ERA in nine starts. He had 23 strikeouts against 34 walks in 28 2/3 innings.

Castillo, 27, is a career minor leaguer with a 28-46 record and a 4.55 ERA in 305 appearances in the United States. He has split this season between the San Diego Padres' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, with a combined mark of 3-7 and a 4.52 ERA in 14 appearances, 13 of them starts.

Castillo has been known to touch 100 miles per hour with his fastball, but he has also averaged 4.2 walks per nine innings over his minor league career.

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