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Baseball club signs American power hitter

All Headlines 17:52 December 27, 2016

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club NC Dinos said Tuesday they have signed former major league infielder Xavier Scruggs.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked a one-year deal worth US$1 million with the 29-year-old. The Dinos said Scruggs will fill the void of Eric Thames who recently signed a three-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Scruggs, who can play first base and left field, has 50 major league games under his belt, including 24 with the Miami Marlins in 2016. He made his big league debut in 2014 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Scruggs batted .227/.292/.303 with one home run and 14 RBIs in the majors. In 337 games in Triple-A, he batted .271/.371/.485 with 56 home run and 194 RBIs.

The Dinos said Scruggs is a "power hitter" who can also steal bases. The club said the American hitter will be their cleanup.

Scruggs said he has high expectations about joining the Dinos. He is scheduled to have medical tests in January before entering the club's spring training camp in Arizona in February.

"I'm thrilled to have a new experience," he said through the Dinos. "I will give my best effort toward making good impression with fans."

KBO teams can carry up to three foreign players, and at least one must be a position player. The Dinos on Monday announced they have also re-signed pitcher Eric Hacker.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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