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S. Korean baseball club signs ex-MLB pitcher Rogers

All Headlines 13:37 October 26, 2017

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes on Thursday announced their signing of former major league right-hander Esmil Rogers.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said it signed the Dominican pitcher to a one-year deal worth US$1.5 million.

In addition to his major league stint, Rogers also brings some KBO experience. He pitched for the Hanwha Eagles in 2015 and 2016.

In his first season there, Rogers went 6-2 in 10 starts and threw three complete game shutouts, posting a 2.97 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.

He left the Eagles during the 2016 season with an elbow injury, after going 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA in six appearances.

Rogers spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Syracuse, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and went 3-2 in seven starts with a 3.18 ERA.

The KBO teams can carry up to three foreign players and at least one must be a position players.

Following Rogers' acquisition, the Heroes said they will not retain veteran left-hander Andy Van Hekken, who has pitched six seasons for the team.

He's leaving the club with a 73-42 record and a 3.56 ERA.

The Heroes said they'll continue to talk with their two other foreign players from this past season, outfielder Michael Choice and right-hander Jake Brigham, to fill up their two remaining spots for imports.

In this photo provided by the Nexen Heroes baseball club on Oct. 26, 2017, pitcher Esmil Rogers poses in a Nexen hat and polo shirt after signing with the Korea Baseball Organization team. (Yonhap)

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