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Hanwha Eagles sign ex-MLB pitcher Albers

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SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- The Hanwha Eagles in the top South Korean baseball league said Wednesday they've signed former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Andrew Albers.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team said they inked the 28-year-old left-hander to a one-year deal worth US$700,000, along with a signing bonus of $100,000.

Albers is the first foreign player to join the KBO since the league abolished the salary cap of $300,000 on non-Korean players earlier this month. Teams had allegedly been paying their foreign players extra cash under the table, putting into question the effectiveness of the salary cap.

The native of Saskatchewan in Canada went 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts for the Minnesota Twins in 2013, his lone big league season.

In 123 minor league appearances, Albers was 28-10 with 21 saves and a 2.85 ERA.

Starting this season, KBO teams can carry up to three foreign players, up from two in previous seasons. At least one has to be a position player. The expansion NC Dinos are allowed to have four foreigners this season.

The Eagles earlier signed pitcher Caleb Clay and outfielder Felix Pie.

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