Doosan Bears sign veteran pitchers Lim Chang-min and Kim Ji-yong
The Doosan Bears on Friday announced the signing of veteran pitchers Lim Chang-min and Kim Ji-yong on one-year deals.
Both players were released by their respective clubs — Lim by the NC Dinos and Kim by the LG Twins — at the end of the 2021 season. Lim will earn 120 million won ($100,000) in his year with the Bears, while Kim will earn 60 million won.
Lim debuted with the Heroes in 2009, appearing in two games for a debut season ERA of 36.00. He moved to the Dinos when the team joined the KBO in 2013, making him one of the organization's founding players.
Lim, who predominantly plays as closer, appeared in 46 games this year, finishing the season with three losses and 17 holds for a 3.79 ERA. Despite those numbers, the Dinos released Lim at the end of the season.
For the Bears, for whom pitching is often a concern, Lim could add some much-needed veteran experience. From 2015 to 2017 he picked up 86 saves for the Dinos, a league-leading number for the period.
Kim debuted with the Twins in 2010, becoming a regular bullpen fixture from 2016 to 2018. Surgery at the end of the 2018 season took him out for 2019, and in the last two seasons he has only appeared in seven games.
With a career 4.73 ERA across 211 and one third innings pitched, Kim will be looking to prove himself at Doosan for a chance to earn a regular bullpen spot.
With Doosan losing Park Chi-guk to surgery at the end of the 2021 season, both Lim and Kim could offer a chance for the Bears to diversify the number of arms they have to call on next year.
BY JIM BULLEY [firstname.lastname@example.org]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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