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02/24/2008 10:22 AM ET
Pirates sign right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim to a one-year contract. To make room for Kim on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated infielder Ray Olmedo for assignment. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

"Byung-Hyun Kim is a veteran right handed pitcher who has pitched, and wants to again pitch, late in games out of the bullpen," said Huntington. "He has been tough on right-handed hitters over the past three seasons and had success against both left-handed hitters and right-handed hitters when he pitched primarily as a reliever. Byung-Hyun will compete to earn a role on our club as a reliever and he adds an experienced option for us in our bullpen competition."

Kim posted a career high in victories in 2007 after going 10-8 in 28 games (22 starts) with Colorado, Florida and Arizona. He went 8-7 in his 22 starts and 2-1 in his six relief appearances.

Since the beginning of the 2005 campaign, Kim has held right-handed batters to a .251 batting average against (207-for-824), a .397 slugging percentage and .319 on-base percentage. During that same time period as a reliever, Kim has held hitters to a .273 batting average against (33-for-121) and just three home runs in 121 at bats in 24 games while working in relief.

The 29-year-old native of Gwangju, South Korea, broke into the big leagues with the Diamondbacks in 1999. During the 2002 campaign he posted a career-high 36 saves and a 2.04 ERA in 72 appearances with Arizona. In 394 career Major League appearances (87 starts), he has gone 54-60 with 86 saves, 806 strikeouts and a 4.42 ERA (841.0ip/413er) with Arizona, Boston, Colorado and Florida.

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