Hung-Chih Kuo returns to Taiwan pro-baseball with the Lions
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hung-Chih Kuo (郭泓志) has agreed to join the Taiwan pro-baseball team Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions for an undisclosed fee.
September 28, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
The Lions yesterday said Kuo finally agreed to the terms Thursday night after three months of negotiations to bring the left-hander back home to Taiwan.
The terms of the contract will not be disclosed until Oct. 4 when he is set to be unveiled by the team at a press conference.
But the United Evening News speculated that it would be a three-year contract offering a record monthly salary of about NT$900,000, higher than the NT$600,000 that MLB veteran slugger Manny Ramirez earned each month during his stint at the EDA Rhinos earlier this year.
Kuo's contract will be more lucrative than the three-year NT$30 million for Chen Chin-fong when he signed with the La New Bears in 2006.
Asked if Kuo is still plagued by injuries, the Lions' general manager, Su Tai-an, said the pitcher has provided a medical report giving him a clean bill of health.
Su said the Lions players were excited over the news of Kuo's imminent arrival.
Kuo is scheduled to meet fans on Oct. 5, and he has chosen “00” for his jersey number, Su said.
Kuo, 32, made his debut with the Dodgers in 2005, but has been without a team since he was released by the MLB team in 2011. The six-foot-two left-hander has been plagued by elbow injuries, for which he has undergone four operations.
His last appearance in Taiwan was at the World Baseball Classic tournament earlier this year when he was part of the Chinese Taipei team.
Kuo's return to Taiwan, which bypassed the Chinese Professional Baseball League's regular player recruitment process, has sparked speculation over the chances of other Taiwanese baseball players coming back from their overseas stints.