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Baseball club retains two American players for 2nd season

All Headlines 11:36 November 22, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes announced Wednesday they've re-signed a pair of American players for their second season.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said right-hander Jake Brigham will return on a US650,000 deal, and outfielder Michael Choice agreed to a $600,000 deal.

In this file photo taken on Sept. 17, 2017, Jake Brigham of the Nexen Heroes throws a pitch against the NC Dinos in the bottom of the third inning of their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. (Yonhap)

Both players joined the Heroes midseason in 2017, with Brigham replacing Sean O'Sullivan in May and Choice coming in place of Danny Dorn in July.

Brigham was paid $250,000 this past season, and Choice earned $75,000 in 2017.

Brigham went 10-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 24 starts. He struck out 98 and walked 26 in 144 innings.

Choice batted .307 and belted 17 homers with 42 RBIs in just 46 games. He homered in three consecutive at-bats in the season finale on Oct. 3.

Wednesday's signings completed the Heroes' foreign contingent for next season. In October, they signed new right-hander Esmil Rogers to replace veteran left-hander Andy Van Hekken. KBO teams are each permitted three foreign players, with at least one position player.

In this file photo taken on Aug. 22, 2017, Michael Choice of the Nexen Heroes launches a two-run home run against the Samsung Lions in the bottom of the third inning of their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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