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KBO's Bears shore up bullpen with 2 acquisitions

[서울=아시아뉴스통신] 레악카나기자 송고시간 2021-12-05 03:55

Pitchers Kim Ji-yong (L) and Lim Chang-min pose in Doosan Bears jackets after signing with the Korea Baseball Organization club on Dec. 3, 2021. (Photo from BEARS)

[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL: The 2021 Korean Series runners-up Doosan Bears announced Friday they've acquired a pair of veteran relievers to shore up their bullpen. The Bears signed former NC Dinos closer Lim Chang-min and one-time LG Twins reliever Kim Ji-yong to one-year deals. Lim will make 120 million won (US$101,670) and Kim will earn 60 million won.

Lim was released by the Dinos after the end of the season, despite posting a solid 3.79 ERA and 17 holds across 40 1/3 innings in 46 appearances. As the Dinos' closer from 2015 to 2017, Lim collected 86 saves, more than any other pitcher in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) in that span. With the Dinos going in a different direction, the 36-year-old had to find a new home, and the Bears saw a veteran who could still be competitive at this level. Lim averaged 142.4 kilometers per hour (kph) with his four-seam fastball this year, his highest velocity since 2017, and threw his slider at a career-high average of 131.1 kph.

For his 11-year career, Lim has a 3.85 ERA with 94 saves and 50 holds in 404 games. Kim, 33, has been limited to just three games this year and four games last year, as younger relievers pushed him out of the mix following an elbow surgery in September 2018.



 

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