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Nelson Figueroa Signs With Taiwanese Team

Nelson Figueroa, who was released by the Diamondbacks in May, has signed with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, MLBTR's Chris Cotillo has learned. The 38-year old right-hander pitched for the Lions back in 2007, and was named Taiwan Series MVP after being the winning pitcher in the first, fourth, and seventh games of the championship series.

In 145 major league appearances with six different teams since 2000, Figueroa has a 4.55 ERA, 6.1 K/9, and 3.7 BB/9. He last appeared in the majors in 2011 with the Astros, and posted a 3.89 ERA, 5.4 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9 in 25 appearances with the Yankees and Red Sox Triple-A affiliates in 2012.

Figueroa joins former major leaguer Randy Keisler on the Lions roster.