The latest on some familiar names signing outside of North America….
- Right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne has signed on for another year with the KT Wiz of the KBO League, the team announced. Despaigne will receive $800K in guaranteed money ($500K salary, $300K signing bonus) for the one-year contract, with another $300K available in incentives. After pitching 363 innings for five MLB teams between 2014-19, Despaigne signed with the Wiz last offseason and posted a 4.33 ERA, 2.24 K/BB rate, and 6.6 K/9 over 207 2/3 innings in his first year of KBO action.
- Jose Pirela is also headed to South Korea, as the Samsung Lions announced that Pirela has signed a one-year deal. Pirela will receive a $100K signing bonus and $500K in salary, plus up to $200K in incentives. Pirela spent 2020 with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, hitting .266/.312/.411 with 11 home runs over 337 plate appearances. Pirela was deployed almost exclusively as an outfielder with the Carp, though the bulk of his Major League experience came as a second baseman over parts of six seasons from 2014-19. The bulk of Pirela’s MLB career came as a Padre, as he hit .265/.320/.405 over 817 PA and 229 games in San Diego over the 2017-18 campaigns. (Hat tip to MyKBO’s Dan Kurtz for both the Pirela and Despaigne items).