Former Twins pitcher Andrew Albers has signed a contract and will pitch in South Korea's top baseball league in 2014. The Korean Baseball Organization said Albers has signed a deal with the Hanwha Eagles that will pay $800,000, including a signing bonus.
Albers, 28, had several strong starts for the Twins last season but faded a bit -- finishing with a 2-5 record and 4.05 ERA in 10 starts. He was seen as a long shot to make the Twins staff this season.
According to the Global Post, Albers is the first non-Korean player to sign with the KBO since the league abolished a $300,000 salary cap for foreign players earlier this month.
You can read the full report here.
You'll remember that Albers is kind of a big deal in Canada, being the first player from Saskatchewan to make it to the majors in 21 years when he was promoted last summer. Here's a story about him from the CBC, which uses the phrase "baseball star" a bit loosely, don't you think?
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