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Baseball club signs veteran free agent pitcher

All Headlines 17:40 December 05, 2016

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Samsung Lions on Monday signed a veteran free agent pitcher Woo Kyu-min to a four-year contract.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said the deal is worth 6.5 billion won (US$5.5 million), with 700 million won in annual salary and 3.7 billion won in signing bonus.

Woo has spent his entire 11-year career with the LG Twins, posting a 56-58 record along with 65 saves and a 3.74 ERA in 402 appearances. The right-hander with a sidearm delivery has split his career between the rotation and the bullpen, and he has been primarily been a starter since 2013.

Woo, who made 400 million won in 2016, is coming off his worst season as a full-time starter. He was 6-11 with a 4.91 ERA in 28 games, while pitching 132 innings. He had reached double figures in wins in each of the past three seasons, while tossing at least 147 innings in each of them.

The Lions, whose streak of five consecutive pennants came to an end in 2016, earlier signed former Doosan Bears infielder Lee Won-seok to a four-year deal at 2.7 billion won. On the other hand, they've lost All-Star outfielder Choi Hyoung-woo, who signed with the Kia Tigers at 10 billion won over four years as a free agent, and they also appeared to be in danger of losing left-hander Cha Woo-chan via free agency.

In this photo provided by the Samsung Lions, pitcher Woo Kyu-min (R) shakes hands with the Lions' president Kim Dong-hwan after signing a four-year deal with the Korea Baseball Organization club on Dec. 5, 2016. (Yonhap)

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