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KBO's Eagles sign ex-MLB pitcher Pena

All News 14:16 June 10, 2022

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Hanwha Eagles announced Friday they have signed former major league pitcher Felix Pena.

Pena, 32, will make US$500,000, including a signing bonus of $100,000, for the rest of this season, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said.

Felix Pena, new pitcher for the Hanwha Eagles, poses after signing with the Korea Baseball Organization club, in this photo provided by the Eagles on June 10, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Pena will replace right-hander Nick Kingham in the Eagles' rotation. The Dominican righty is the second new import pitcher the Eagles have signed this month. On June 1, the Eagles agreed to a deal with Yefry Ramirez after releasing Ryan Carpenter.

Pena signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2009 as an amateur free agent and made his big league debut with the same team in 2016. He later pitched for the Los Angeles Angels.

Across six major league seasons, Pena compiled a 15-8 record and a 4.66 ERA in 104 appearances, including 24 starts.

He has been pitching for Triple-A Syracuse in the New York Mets' system this year, going 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in eight games.

The Eagles noted that Pena has been averaging 150 kilometers per hour (93.2 miles per hour) with his four-seam fastball in Triple-A this season, and said they were especially high on movements of his fastball and his ability to generate whiffs with sliders and changeups.

The Eagles said Pena is expected to join the club near the end of this month after getting his visa.

In this Getty Images file photo from July 17, 2019, Felix Pena of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Houston Astros during the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball regular season game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Yonhap)

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