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KBO's Eagles sign 2 new foreign pitchers

Sports 14:01 November 29, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles announced Sunday they've acquired two new foreign pitchers for the 2021 season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club signed right-hander Nick Kingham to a one-year, US$550,000 deal, which includes a $100,000 signing bonus, and also acquired left-hander Ryan Carpenter on a one-year deal worth $500,000. Carpenter is also getting a $100,000 signing bonus.

In this file photo from May 12, 2020, Nick Kingham of the SK Wyverns pitches against the LG Twins in a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

This will be Kingham's second tour of duty in the KBO. The 29-year-old pitched for the SK Wyverns in 2020 but was limited to just two starts while battling injuries. The Opening Day starter was cut in early July and underwent elbow surgery.

The Eagles said they checked in with Kingham in person in the United States and determined that he will be back to his pre-injury, pre-surgery form.

Carpenter, 30, spent the 2020 season with the Rakuten Monkeys in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taiwan, going 10-7 with a 4.00 ERA in 26 games, including 25 starts.

Carpenter appeared in 15 games, all but one of them starts, for the Detroit Tigers in 2018 and 2019.

"Carpenter is a finesse pitcher who throws a good curveball and slider," the Eagles said. "We expect him to eat up a lot of innings in our rotation."

KBO teams are each allowed to sign up to three foreign players, with no more than two pitchers.

The Eagles, who finished in last place in 2020, are undergoing a massive roster overhaul. They've cut ties with several 30-something veterans, and also with both of their two foreign players that finished the season -- right-hander Warwick Saupold and outfielder Brandon Barnes. They named former Milwaukee Brewers coach Carlos Subero as their new manager.

With Kingham and Carpenter in the fold, the Eagles will need a position player to fill out their foreign player quota.

In this Getty Images file photo from June 9, 2019, Ryan Carpenter of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the top of the third inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Comerica Park in Detroit. (Yonhap)

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