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(LEAD) Hanwha Eagles sign ex-big league pitcher

All Headlines 16:46 February 24, 2017

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SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles said Friday they've signed former big league pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said it inked the right-hander to a one-year deal worth US$1.5 million.

Villanueva made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2006 and later pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Last year, he was with the San Diego Padres and went 2-2 with a 5.96 ERA in 51 games before becoming a free agent.

The 33-year-old Dominican has thrown more than 998 innings in the major leagues, compiling a 51-55 record and 11 saves with a 4.27 ERA in 476 games.

The Eagles, No. 7 in the 10-team league last year, said they liked Villanueva's good command of sliders, curves and changeups.

The KBO teams are each allowed three foreign players, at least one of whom must be a position player. The Eagles have retained slugger Wilin Rosario from last season, and have recently signed another Dominican pitcher, Alexi Ogando.

Villanueva is scheduled to join the Eagles' training camp in Miyazaki, Japan, on Tuesday.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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