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Baseball club signs new American pitcher, parts ways with 2 veterans

All Headlines 10:48 November 16, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club NC Dinos said Thursday they've acquired a new American pitcher while parting aways with two others.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club inked former major league right-hander Logan Verrett to a one-year deal worth US$800,000, which includes a signing bonus of $200,000 and an option for another $200,000.

A former third round selection by the New York Mets, Verrett made his big league debut with the Texas Rangers in 2015. He appeared in four games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2017, going 2-0 with a 4.22 ERA across 10 2/3 innings.

Verrett, 27, has a career 6-10 record in the bigs with a 4.62 ERA in 57 appearances, including 16 starts. In the minor leagues, he has a 37-22 record with a 4.06 ERA in 129 appearances.

The Dinos said Verrett can touch 150 kilometers per hour (93.2 miles per hour) with his fastball and he can also mix in sliders, curves and changeups.

In another move, the Dinos have informed two American right-handers from this past season, Eric Hacker and Jeff Manship, that they will not re-sign them for next year.

Hacker was 12-7 and had a 3.42 ERA in 2017, his fifth straight season with the Dinos. Manship, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians in last year's World Series, was 12-4 with a 3.67 ERA in his only KBO season.

Hacker will be 35 by next season's Opening Day, and Manship will be 33.

The Dinos, meanwhile, are trying to retain first baseman Xavier Scruggs for another season. In his first KBO season, Scruggs blasted 35 home runs and knocked in 111 runs in just 115 games.

KBO teams can each have a maximum three foreign players and at least one must be a position player.

In this photo provided by the NC Dinos baseball club on Nov. 16, 2017, former major league pitcher Logan Verrett poses in a Dinos uniform after signing with the Korea Baseball Organization team. (Yonhap)


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