Former Rockies right-hander Tim Melville is nearing a deal with the Uni-President Lions of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League, per local reports (h/t to CPBL Stats). Colorado released the 30-year-old in May.
Melville has played with seven affiliated organizations (reaching the majors with the Reds, Twins, Padres and Rockies) since entering the pro ranks as a prized high school pitching prospect back in 2008. He’s had some high minors success in recent years, but hasn’t clicked at the MLB level. In 48 career innings over 13 appearances, Melville has a 6.75 ERA/7.63 FIP.
Melville was sidelined by a cracked rib this spring, but it fortunately seems that’s behind him. As CPBL Stats notes, he’ll need to wait out a 14-day quarantine, mandatory for all foreign travelers arriving in Taiwan, before he’s able to take the field.