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Baseball club signs ex-MLB infielder

All Headlines 09:46 November 16, 2016

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club SK Wyverns said Wednesday they've signed former major league infielder Danny Worth.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked the 31-year-old to a one-year deal worth US$700,000. The Wyverns said Worth can put the ball in play and get on base, while displaying plenty of "gap power."

Worth has 151 major league games under his belt, including 16 with the Houston Astros in 2016. Worth will be reunited with Trey Hillman, who served as the Astros' bench coach this past season before taking the Wyverns' managerial job last month.

A second-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers, Worth has played every infield position in both the majors and the minors, mostly at shortstop, and even appeared in left field for one Triple-A game in 2012.

In 84 games in Triple-A this year, Worth batted .330/.431/.525 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs.

The KBO teams can carry up to three foreign players, and at least one must be a position player. From their 2016 roster, the Wyverns re-signed right-hander Merrill Kelly. Worth will replace incumbent shortstop Hector Gomez, who hit 21 homers and drove in 74 runs, but who also committed a league-high 25 errors.

The Wyverns have also decided not to retain left-hander Braulio Lara, who went 2-6 with a 6.70 ERA in 17 appearances as a mid-season acquisition.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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