Samsung Lions sign Esmailin Caridad

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Osen Sports is reporting that the Samsung Lions have signed right-handed pitcher Esmailin Caridad. Caridad is 29 years old and a native of the Dominican Republic. He made his MLB debut on August 10, 2009 for the Chicago Cubs. He has spent the first half of the 2013 season with the AAA Iowa Cubs where he appeared in 16 games and finished with 3 wins, 3 losses, and an ERA of 5.02. His fastball is reportedly in the 150-153 km/h (93-95 mph) range. 

Caridad will replace Aneury Rodriguez who was released from the team on Wednesday. Samsung, currently in 1st place, will likely rely on Caridid to stay on top of the league in the second half of the season.

It will be Caridad's first stint in Korea, but he is no stranger to Asian baseball. He made brief appearances with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan as well as the Guangdong Leopards of the China Baseball League.