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LG Twins sign ex-MLB pitcher Kelly

Sports 13:57 November 21, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club LG Twins announced on Wednesday their signing of former major league pitcher Casey Kelly.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said Kelly has agreed to a one-year deal worth US$1 million, which includes a $300,000 signing bonus.

Starting this offseason, the KBO put a $1 million salary cap on foreign players who sign their first contracts here.

Kelly, 29, is a former first round draft choice by the Boston Red Sox who made his big league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2012.

In this Associated Press file photo from Sept. 26, 2018, Casey Kelly, then of the San Francisco Giants, pitches against the San Diego Padres in the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Kelly has signed with the LG Twins in the Korea Baseball Organization. (Yonhap)

He has appeared in 26 major league games for three clubs, most recently with the San Francisco Giants in 2018. He has a 2-11 career record along with a 5.46 ERA.

In the minors, the right-hander has gone 44-48 with a 4.13 ERA in 166 games, including 148 starts.

The Twins said they liked Kelly's starting experience and his ability to command a wide variety of pitches.

KBO teams are each permitted a maximum two foreign pitchers, and Kelly's arrival means the Twins will have to part ways with either Henry Sosa or Tyler Wilson, who manned their rotation in 2018.

Both right-handers put up solid numbers and ranked second and third in the KBO in ERA. In his first KBO season, Wilson went 9-4 in 26 starts with a 3.07 ERA. With a lack of run support, Wilson, 29, lost or got a no-decision in seven starts in which he threw at least five innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs.

Sosa, a 33-year-old in his seventh KBO season, went 9-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts. Sosa ranked second in the KBO with 181 strikeouts in 181 1/3 innings.

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