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Doosan Bears sign ex-MLB player Jimmy Paredes

All Headlines 11:10 December 01, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Doosan Bears said Friday they've signed former big leaguer Jimmy Paredes to a one-year contract.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said Paredes agreed to a US$800,000 deal, which includes a signing bonus of $100,000.

Paredes, a 29-year-old from the Dominican Republic, bounced between five major league clubs over six seasons. He made his big league debut with the Houston Astros in 2011, and split his 2016 season -- his last in the majors -- between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Paredes, a switch hitter who has played second base, third base, left field and right field, has a career .251 batting average in the majors with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs in 332 games.

In his 10 minor league seasons, Paredes batted .289 with 54 home runs, 345 RBIs and 190 steals in 718 games.

Paredes will replace Nick Evans, who was cut loose after two years with the Bears. Evans batted .296 with 27 homers and 90 RBIs in 2017.

The Bears said Paredes brings versatility on defense and a good deal of power at the plate.

In this EPA file photo taken Sept. 12, 2014, Jimmy Paredes of the Baltimore Orioles hits a game-winning double against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the 11th inning of their Major League Baseball regular season game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Paredes signed with the Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization on Dec. 1, 2017. (Yonhap)

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