Left-hander David Huff has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization, the team announced (Korean link to Naver Sports; hat tip to Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net). Huff’s base salary with his new club is $550K, per the announcement.
The 31-year-old Huff made a pair of appearances with the Angels this season but was tagged for seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. That marks the second abbreviated season of Major League work for Huff, who last saw significant time in the bigs with the Yankees and Giants in 2014 (combined 59 innings). The Indians selected Huff out of UCLA with the 39th overall pick in the 2006 draft, and while he debuted with Cleveland as a 24-year-old in 2009, Huff never fully established himself as a regular contributor in the Majors. He’s had some solid stretches, to be sure, but the overall result of his time in the Majors is a 5.17 ERA with 5.4 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 in 393 1/3 innings. He’s logged a considerably better 4.06 ERA in 640 1/3 innings of Triple-A ball, however, and averaged more strikeouts (7.0) and fewer walks (2.2) on a per-nine-inning basis at that level.
Huff has been under contract with the Angels and made an appearance for the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City as recently as Sunday, so the Halos are presumably receiving some type of financial compensation for selling his contractual rights to the KBO’s Twins.