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Baseball club re-signs former major leaguer

All Headlines 11:18 December 08, 2016

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles said Thursday they've re-signed former big league slugger Wilin Rosario for one more season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team inked the 27-year-old to a one-year deal worth US$1.5 million. Rosario made $1 million in salary in 2016, along with a signing bonus of $300,000.

Rosario, catcher-turned-first baseman, batted .321 in 127 games in his first KBO season, and tied for fourth in the league with 33 home runs and fifth with 120 RBIs.

The Dominican Republic native is one of the highest-profile former major leaguers to move to the KBO.

He has a pair of 20-homer seasons in the majors under his belt and finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 after belting a career-high 28 homers for the Colorado Rockies.

In this file photo taken on July 14, 2016, Wilin Rosario of the Hanwha Eagles rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the LG Twins in their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

In five seasons with the Rockies, Rosario batted .273 with 71 home runs and 241 RBIs.

Despite Rosario's heroics at the plate, the Eagles missed out on the postseason for the ninth consecutive year.

The KBO teams are permitted three foreign players each, and at least one of them must be a position player. With Rosario back in the fold, the Eagles are now looking for two foreign pitchers.

They ended the 2016 season with Eric Surkamp and Fabio Castillo, both of them mid-season acquisitions. Surkamp was only 2-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 17 appearances, while Castillo went 7-4 with a 6.43 ERA in 20 games.


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