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Ex-KBO All-Star pitcher Lee Yong-chan signs with Dinos

All News 17:10 May 20, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- Left unsigned in free agency in the offseason, former All-Star pitcher Lee Yong-chan has found a new home with the NC Dinos.

The defending Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) champions announced Thursday they've signed the 32-year-old pitcher to a three-year deal, plus a mutual option for a fourth year, worth up to 2.7 billion won (US$2.4 million).

In this file photo from June 3, 2020, Lee Yong-chan, then of the Doosan Bears, pitches against the KT Wiz in the bottom of the third inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, 45 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

Lee had spent the previous 13 years with the Doosan Bears, going 53-50 with 90 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 342 appearances. He has both started and closed for the Bears, and was an All-Star in 2010 at age 21.

After making only five starts in 2020, Lee underwent Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery on his right arm in June and missed the rest of the season.

Lee became a free agent after the season but he failed to land a deal in time for the start of the new season in April.

Lee had been training with an independent ball club recently, hoping to hit the ground running if he signed with a KBO team this year.

The Dinos said they liked Lee's ability to command different pitches, and his wealth of experience should help their pitching staff, currently fifth in team ERA at 4.46.

Lee is scheduled to meet with his new teammates on Friday, when they'll be in Seoul for the start of a three-game road series against the Kiwoom Heroes.

The Dinos have dropped two games in a row and are tied with the SSG Landers in fourth place, 1.5 games back of the league-leading LG Twins.

In this file photo from May 28, 2020, Lee Yong-chan, then of the Doosan Bears, pitches against the SK Wyverns in the top of the first inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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