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Byung-Hyun Kim | Relief Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Sungkyunkwan (South Korea
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Byung-Hyun Kim has signed a contract with the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.
The story was passed along by MyKBO.net. Kim, who turns 33 on Thursday, pitched for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Central League in 2011. He hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2007. Wed, Jan 18, 2012 08:46:00 AM

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Byung-Hyun Kim has signed a contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Kim wasn't able to land a spot on the Giants' roster out of spring training last season and instead played for Orange County of the independent Golden League. He will earn $400,000 on his new deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles and probably won't ever return to Major League Baseball.
Source: NPB Tracker
Thu, Jan 27, 2011 09:40:00 AM

Byung-Hyun Kim can opt out of his minor league contract with the Giants on March 15 if he feels he doesn't have a good shot of making the team.

Kim hasn't played in a major league game since 2007, when he posted a 6.09 ERA in 118 1/3 innings for the Rockies, Marlins and Diamondbacks. He's a longshot to make the Giants' Opening Day roster at this point, but that could always change if he puts on a show during the exhibition season.
Sat, Mar 6, 2010 07:40:00 PM

ESPN.com reports that the Giants have signed Byung-Hyun Kim to a minor league contract.

He also gets an invite to spring training. Kim was last seen in spring training of 2008; the Pirates bought out his one-year contract for $300,000 after it was clear he was not ready to handle major league batters. He went 8-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 36 saves for the Diamondbacks in 2002, but it's all been downhill from there and it's unclear whether or not he can ever again be a competent major league contributor. The 31-year-old will compete for a bullpen spot with the Giants in spring training.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Feb 1, 2010 02:41:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have bought out Byung-Hyun Kim's contract for $300,000.

He would have been owed $850,000 if not released today. Although he was a favorite to earn a bullpen spot entering camp, Kim had been terrible, amassing a 14.40 ERA in just five innings, and the Pirates' acquisition of Tyler Yates makes him expendable. While a desperate team could take a chance on Kim, Korea seems to be calling.
Wed, Mar 26, 2008 10:13:00 AM

Byung-Hyun Kim gave up four more runs Wednesday, leaving him with an 18.00 ERA in four innings.

Kim was supposed to be the best bet to make the team of the group of veterans that also included Jaret Wright, Hector Carrasco and Casey Fossum, but he's been awful so far. Carrasco may have the best chance of contributing.
Wed, Mar 19, 2008 10:37:00 PM

Byung-Hyun Kim surrendered two homers, scoring three runs, in his inning versus the Yankees on Thursday.

Kim, who signed after the beginning of camp and got off to a late start, has given up four runs in two innings to date. He's hardly guaranteed a bullpen spot at this point.
Thu, Mar 13, 2008 04:51:00 PM

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Byung-Hyun Kim's one-year contract with the Pirates is not guaranteed and he's no lock to win a bullpen job.

Kim's deal calls for an $850,000 salary and up to $1 million in incentives, but the newspaper reports that "he can be cut during spring training and owed only a fraction of his salary." If cut by March 12, Kim would make one-sixth of his salary and if cut by March 26 he would make a quarter of his salary.
Mon, Feb 25, 2008 10:44:00 AM

Pirates signed RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, who had been with the Marlins, to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

General manager Neal Huntington said the team’s interest in Kim is solely as a reliever. He'll battle for a setup role in front of Matt Capps.
Wed, Feb 20, 2008 09:38:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that the Pirates have agreed to terms with Byung-Hyun Kim on a one-year contract.

It's said to be a major league deal and the Pirates are expected to use Kim out of the bullpen.
Wed, Feb 20, 2008 11:05:00 AM

The representatives of Byung-Hyun Kim have said that he is not interested in a minor league deal, something the Giants have offered him.

Well, of course he doesn't want a minor league deal, but at least it's a job, and it's not as if teams are going to be pounding on his door after Kim stunk the joint up last season.
Sat, Feb 16, 2008 03:30:00 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants have offered a minor league contract to Byung-Hyun Kim.

The newspaper notes that Kim may be holding out for a major league deal, but he may have to relent after posting a 6.08 ERA last season.
Fri, Feb 15, 2008 09:52:00 AM

Byung-Hyun Kim left Friday night's game with a blister on his right hand.

Kim's season is over.
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 10:36:00 PM

Byung-Hyun Kim left his start Friday after five innings with an undisclosed injury.

Kim surrendered four runs -- three earned -- before departing. He ends the year with a 6.08 ERA, though he wasn't nearly that bad while starting games for the Marlins.
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 09:38:00 PM

Byung-Hyun Kim matched his season high with 10 strikeouts versus the Nationals on Wednesday.

Kim allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, so it wasn't a great effort. Still, the Marlins went on to win, just as they had both of his previous starts since he rejoined the rotation. In all, the Nationals and Marlins combined for 33 strikeouts in the 12-inning game. The Nationals struck out 16 batters, getting at least one from each of their nine pitchers.
Wed, Sep 12, 2007 05:32:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Mauro Gomez
LF1Fred Lewis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Andrew Albers
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PosRoleName
R1Luis Mendoza