Shawn Morimando signs with KBO’s SSG Landers


The Korea Baseball Organization’s SSG Landers announced last night that they have agreed to an agreement with the left-hander Shawn Morimando on contract (h/t to Dan Kurtz from MyKBO). He is paid a salary of $230,000 for the final months of the season.

Morimando, 29, has appeared in parts of two major league seasons. He debuted with Cleveland in 2016 and made two appearances for the eventual American League champions. After spending a few years in the upper minors, he returned to the big leagues for a few back-and-forth appearances with the Marlins last year. He made four appearances and counted 10 1/3 innings from 11 run balls. Morimando performed better with Triple-A Jacksonville, posting a 4.32 ERA over 89 2/3 frames.

Morimando, who retired from Miami’s 40-man roster at the end of last season, signed with the CTBC Brothers of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League. During 91 1/3 innings he worked there at a 2.56 ERA with a solid 23.1% strikeout rate and a nice 6.8% walk percentage. That got him a look at the KBO, where he’s likely to get a raise.

In a corresponding move, the Landers fired the veteran starter Ivan Nova. Reports surfaced last week that the club were looking to move away from the right-hander, who posted a 6.50 ERA in 12 games. Morimando and the recently undersigned Juan Lagares to join Wilmer font to include the allocated three foreign-born players on the Landers roster while Nova returns to the free-agent market.


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