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S. Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles sign ex-MLB pitcher David Hale

All Headlines 13:37 July 13, 2018

SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles on Friday said they've acquired former major league pitcher David Hale.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team signed Hale to a US$500,000 deal for the rest of the season. The 30-year-old American right-hander replaces Jason Wheeler, who was waived by the Eagles after posting a 3-9 record with a 5.13 ERA.

The Eagles said Hale has good control and can throw fastballs, changeups, sliders and curves. He's scheduled to arrive in South Korea on July 21.

Hale was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2009 and made his major league debut in 2013. He later played for the Colorado Rockies, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees, marking a 10-10 record with a 4.49 ERA in 70 games.

Hale has a 37-46 record in 172 career minor league games with a 4.20 ERA.

The Eagles are currently second in the 10-team league with 52 wins and 37 losses. Looking for their first postseason appearance since 2007, the Eagles expect Hale to form a one-two punch with Keyvius Sampson to drive their performance in the second half of the season.

This photo taken by the Associated Press on July 6, 2018, shows David Hale pitching for the New York Yankees during a Major League Baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. (Yonhap)

kdon@yna.co.kr
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