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Nexen Heroes replace struggling hitter with ex-big leaguer Jerry Sands

All Headlines 16:35 August 07, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes on Tuesday signed former big leaguer Jerry Sands to replace struggling outfielder Michael Choice.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team signed Sands, 30, to a US$100,000 deal, with 35 games remaining this season.

This EPA file photo from May 21, 2012, shows then-Los Angeles Dodgers player Jerry Sands in action against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the second inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Chase Field in Phoenix. Sands signed with a South Korean club Nexen Heroes on Aug. 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

Sands appeared in 156 major league games from 2011 to 2016, batting .238/.303/.367 with 10 homers and 57 RBIs. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers and spent two years there before taking cups of coffee with the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.

In the minor leagues, Sands, who bats and throws right, had a .275/.366/.508 line with 180 home runs and 609 RBIs in 936 games.

He has split his 2018 season between Double-A and Triple-A in the San Francisco Giants system, and batted .269/.361/.505 with 16 home runs and 46 RBIs in 100 combined games.

The Heroes said Sands has power and a good eye at the plate and that he can play both corner outfield positions and first base.

Sands is expected to arrive in South Korea either Saturday or Sunday, and will join the club once he acquires his work permit.

Prior to Tuesday's action, the Heroes were holding on to the wild card spot in fifth place among 10 clubs at 53-56.

Minutes before announcing their acquisition of Sands, the Heroes said they'd waived Choice, their second-year outfielder who was batting .258/.335/.458 in 96 games with 17 homers and 61 RBIs.

That's the same number of home runs that he had in only 46 games in 2017, after joining the Heroes in July. Choice also put up a .307/.388/.653 line.

Choice homered in his last KBO game on Sunday, but it was the first time he'd gone deep in nine games. He ended his KBO stint on a 6-for-31 (.194) slide.

In this file photo from June 19, 2018, Michael Choice of the Nexen Heroes gets a base hit against the Doosan Bears in the top of the 10th inning of their Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. Choice was waived by the Heroes on Aug. 7, 2018. (Yonhap)

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