|Pirates sign pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim to 1-year contract, plan to use him in relief|
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|Sunday, 24 February 2008 09:40|
The Pirates also designated infielder Ray Olmedo for assignment.
Kim, who is expected to join the team Monday, could earn up to $1 million in performance bonuses.
General manager Neal Huntington said the 29-year-old Kim will be used exclusively in relief. Last season, 22 of his 28 appearances with Colorado, Florida and Arizona were starts. He went 10-8 with a 6.08 ERA.
``He has been tough on right-handers when he pitched primarily as a reliever,'' Huntington said. ``Kim adds an experienced option for us in our bullpen competition.''
The Pirates have four bullpen openings, with only closer Matt Capps and left-handers John Grabow and Damaso Marte considered locks.
The Pirates hope to keep Olmedo if he clears waivers. Olmedo, a waiver claim last month from the Toronto Blue Jays, had been one of 13 infielders in camp.