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Baseball club re-signs 2 foreign players

All Headlines 10:43 October 27, 2017

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club SK Wyverns on Friday announced the re-signing of two foreign players from this past season.

The Incheon-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said right-hander Merrill Kelly and slugger Jamie Romak will both return for another stint.

Kelly will enter his fourth KBO season on a US$1.4 million deal, up from $850,000 he made this year.

Kelly was 16-7 with a 3.60 ERA in 30 starts and led the KBO with 189 strikeouts. Over his first three seasons the 29-year-old has a 36-25 record and a 3.80 ERA in 91 starts.

In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, Merrill Kelly of the SK Wyverns throws a pitch against the Doosan Bears during the clubs' Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Incheon SK Happy Dream Park in Incheon. (Yonhap)

Romak only joined the Wyverns in May to replace Danny Worth, but still went on to hit 31 home runs with 64 RBIs in 102 games. The Canadian posted a line of .242/.344/.554.

KBO teams can each have three foreign players, and at least one must be a position player. All 10 teams this season carried two pitchers and one position player to fill their import quota.

The Wyverns said they're searching for a new foreign hurler to replace Scott Diamond, who went 10-7 with a 4.42 ERA in 24 starts this year.

In this file photo taken on Sept. 7, 2017, Jamie Romak of the SK Wyverns watches his solo home run against the NC Dinos in the top of the second inning in the clubs' Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. (Yonhap)

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