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Reigning S. Korean baseball MVP becomes highest-paid foreign player

All News 11:17 January 23, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- The reigning MVP in South Korean baseball became the highest-paid foreign player ever on Monday.

The Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said they've re-signed right-hander Dustin Nippert for US$2.1 million. The 35-year-old is the first foreign player in the KBO to surpass $2 million in annual salary since the league opened the doors for imports in 1998.

Nippert was an integral part of the Bears' championship-winning team in 2016. He led the KBO with 22 wins and a 2.95 ERA in the regular season, and threw eight shutout innings in Game 1 of the championship Korean Series as the Bears went on to sweep the NC Dinos.

In November, he was voted the regular season MVP.

Nippert will be entering his seventh KBO season, making him the longest-tenured foreign player in the Bears' history.

In this file photo taken on Nov. 14, 2016, Dustin Nippert of the Doosan Bears smiles after receiving the Korea Baseball Organization MVP trophy at a ceremony in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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