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Lotte Giants acquire Venezuelan infielder Carlos Asuaje

Sports 11:01 December 20, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club Lotte Giants announced Thursday they've acquired former major leaguer Carlos Asuaje.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said that Asuaje signed a one-year deal worth US$551,000.

Asuaje was recently included on the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster after the club paid US$50,000 to claim the Venezuelan infielder off waivers from the San Diego Padres. The Giants reportedly had to negotiate with the Rangers regarding Asuaje's transfer fee, and it apparently took some time for the KBO club to confirm the deal.

Asuaje, who throws right and bats left, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and made his big league debut with the Padres in 2016. In this three seasons in the majors, Asuaje marked .240/.312/.329 in 175 games. However, he is considered a solid defender at second base, having committed only five errors in 151 games.

Asuaje, 27, had .303 with 14 home runs and 123 RBIs in 243 minor league games.

With Asuaje, the Giants have completed their foreign player roster for the 2019 season. The Busan-based club previously re-signed American left hander Brooks Raley and acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson.

This photo taken by Getty Images shows Carlos Asuaje of the San Diego Padres celebrating with his teammates in the dugout after scoring a run in the top of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 22, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Yonhap)

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