The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization have re-signed left-hander Chad Bell, the club announced (h/t to Yonhap News Agency). It’s a one-year deal for the 30-year-old, who receives a $900,000 guarantee.
It’s a decent payday for the former Detroit Tigers southpaw, who finished twelfth among 27 qualified KBO starters in 2019 with a 3.50 ERA, per MyKBO Stats. That placed him one spot above Warwick Saupold, another former Detroit pitcher who reunited with Bell as an Eagle last season. The two will remain teammates, as Saupold himself signed a one-year extension with the Eagles two weeks ago. Per Yonhap’s report, the KBO team is also working to bring back former Rangers outfielder Jared Hoying. If that ultimately proves successful, the Eagles will return all three of their foreign-born players in 2020.
Bell is a former 14th-round MLB draft pick who got into 31 games (4 starts) for Detroit from 2017-18. He had a tough go in MLB, pitching to a cumulative 7.11 ERA in 69.2 innings, but he was generally fine in parts of five Triple-A seasons. He’ll now look to build off his solid KBO debut that featured 177.1 innings with the aforementioned 3.50 ERA and a 17.9% strikeout rate (10th among qualifiers) and an 8.4% walk rate (24th).