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Twins pitcher Andrew Albers likely headed to Korea

Jan 21, 2014, 3:11 PM EST

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Andrew Albers made his big-league debut last season at age 28, reaching the majors after pitching independent ball as recently as 2010, but now the left-hander is headed to Korea.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Albers has a tentative agreement to sign with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization. He’s currently on the 40-man roster, which means the Twins also agreed to let him go and may be getting some monetary compensation out of the deal.

Albers was named the Twins’ minor league pitcher of the year, but he was unlikely to be on the Opening Day roster and would be behind several higher-upside pitchers in line for call-ups.

  1. happytwinsfan - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    maybe this makes sense purely as a baseball move, but i’m sorry to see him go. i like to watch un super talented guys who keep trying and trying and finally get a taste of the major leagues.

    • Tim OShenko - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      He did really well with his short time in the Majors, too. I think he was the only Twins starter to go over 8 innings last year, and he did it twice despite his underwhelming stuff. Hope he finds success across the sea.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:59 AM

      Why does this remind me of the David Ortiz fiasco? This kid can slow pitch his way through 8 innings of baseball and keep his team in a game. Why is he not in the rotation? Typical Twins.

      • Cris E - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Um, under 4 k/9 and he was only up because the Twins rotation was community college grade at the time. I like a good story too, but 2013 was it. That was the story. Savor it a bit and then look to 2014.

  2. philliesblow - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Hope it works out for Albers. It didn’t seem to go great for Adam Wilk.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20140120/SPORTS02/301200027/detroit-tigers-adam-wilk-pittsburgh-pirates

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