BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -Free-agent pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on a major league contract Wednesday.
The deal is pending a physical. No further details were available.
Kim, a 29-year-old right-hander from South Korea, spent 2007 with the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins, going 10-8 with a 6.08 ERA in 28 appearances, including 22 starts.
General manager Neal Huntington said the team's interest in Kim is solely as a reliever. The Pirates entered spring training with their starting rotation set but with four openings in the bullpen.
Also Wednesday, the team had its first full-squad workout under manager John Russell, a three-hour session. In the morning, Huntington and Russell addressed the players.
``I think we're a complete ballclub, and I told the players that,'' Russell said. ``We're not so much the power-hitting team that's going to hit a bunch of home runs, but we can handle the bat, we can pitch, we can play defense. It's a matter of putting it all together.''
Although the Pirates are coming off a 68-94 season and did little more than tinker with the roster in the offseason - Kim's signing will be only their second of a major league free agent - several veteran players sounded optimistic.
``I think it can be a good team,'' said shortstop Jack Wilson, the team's most tenured player entering his eighth season in Pittsburgh. ``But we all have a job to do, and we didn't do it last year. You're not going to win when, out of 25 guys, maybe three have a good year. How many guys had a decent year? Or even an average year? We all struggled.''
First baseman Adam LaRoche said: ``It's up to all of us as players to get on board with the program.''
Notes: Players who missed the workout: second baseman Freddy Sanchez (shoulder), who stayed out of infield drills, and reliever Damaso Marte (flu), who did his first light throwing of the spring.

Recent MLB Discussions

dod 1st 5 thats it on Thu, Oct 2016 by Timmy1961
dod/cubs on Thu, Oct 2016 by Michael Cash
mlb early play on Wed, Oct 2016 by sharkey11

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Kershaw tries to keep visitors' run going The Cubs seized a 3-2 edge in the NLCS by winning Games 4 and 5 in Los Angeles. Will Clayton Kershaw be able to save the Dodgers’...
Thumbnail North Siders' bats rise as NCLS progresses Anthony Rizzo is still batting well below .200 in the playoffs. Yet the Chicago first baseman seems to be heating up at precisely...
Thumbnail Hosts ask Urias to give them 3-1 NLCS edge Tonight, Julio Urias will make history in Game 4 of the NLCS. The Dodgers simply hope that it’s for all the right reasons.
Thumbnail Francona needs relief corps to thrive again The Blue Jays suddenly have life in the NLCS. Now, though, can they truly put fear in the Indians and send the festivities back to northern...
Thumbnail Arrieta tries to lift visitors at Chavez Ravine After getting punched in the mouth in Game 1 of the NLCS, the Dodgers struck back on Sunday night. Can they keep running with the Cubs as the action...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages