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Chris Volstad expected to sign with team in Korea

Dec 28, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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Chris Volstad signed a minor league deal with the Angels back in November, but it sounds like he won’t actually throw a pitch for the team.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has confirmed that Volstad is expected to be released by the Angels so that he can sign with a team in the Korean Baseball Organization. Dan Kurtz of reported earlier this week that the 27-year-old right-hander was close to signing with the Doosan Bears.

Volstad, a 2005 first round pick of the Marlins, owns a 4.94 ERA over 123 starts and seven relief appearances in the majors. He had two brief stints with the Rockies this past season, but spent the majority of the year in Triple-A.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    This could be that cheap bullpen piece the jays have been looking for all winter, He is cheap, not too good, was a high draft pick….I see a perfect match for the jays here, he has Toronto written all over him if you ask me

    • derklempner - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Seeing as how Volstad has (had?) all the ability in the world to make himself a successful MLB career, I don’t see how any team picks him up for anything more than a minor league contract. Don’t get me wrong; based on his ability alone, I’d like to see him succeed in the major league. I just don’t see any team taking a flyer on him in the immediate future unless his fortune and ability drastically change.

      All that being said, and I’m being totally honest here, based on his career in MLB, I don’t even see him being successful in Korea.

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