Lim Cut by Cubs Signs with Lions

Chang-Yong Lim was a dominant closer in Japan.  Arm problems ended his career in Japan and he had surgery in 2012 to heal a torn ligament.  The 37 year old tried to shift his focus to the major leagues.  The Cubs signed him to a contract last year, put him through rehab where he finally made his major league debut in September of 2013.  His numbers were not impressive in those appearances, walking seven in five innings and being designated after the season.  The Cubs resigned him to a minor league contract for 2014 but he didn’t impress in his spring training appearances.

Lim is returning to Korea to play for the Samsung Lions.  He pitched for the Lions between 1999-2007 where he won over 100 games as a starter and picked up 168 saves as a closer.  With the Tokyo Yakult Swallows he was their closer between 2008-2012 saving 128 games.  At one point he was known as the fastest sidearm thrower in baseball, hitting in the high 90s.  The surgery and time may have put a dent in that velocity, with reports showing it has dropped to the low 90s.

The Samsung Lions have won the KBO championship the last three years, but they have lost their closer Seung-Hwan Oh to the Hanshin Tigers of the NPB.  The Lions are hoping Lim can replace him as their closer, but he may first need to spend a couple weeks in the minor leagues of Korea to get used to the new mound and the ball used by the KBO.

The one year deal he signed is worth $465,000, just under major league minimum.  There may be other incentives that the team or Lim would not disclose.  To read more go here:  http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/full/2014/03/26/51/1200000000AEN20140326002752315F.html

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