"Multiple Teams" To Pursue KBO Free Agent

He's an American in Korea. And he's coming back home. After four successful seasons with the KBO's NC Dinos, former major league right-hander Drew Rucinski has become an international free agent. "Multiple" big league teams are expected to be interested.  

Rucinski had a 2.97 ERA in 2022 in 31 starts and finished second in the league in strikeouts with 194 in 193 innings. Overall, in four years with the Dinos, the 33-year-old had a 3.06 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP, and a strong 8.1-to-2.3 K/BB ratio. 

And while he excelled as a starter in Korea, Rucinski's experience in MLB has been strictly as a reliever, having pitched for the Los Angeles Angels, Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins, for a total of 54 innings with a 5.33 ERA. 

But he's an extreme groundball pitcher, and there are plenty of teams battling it out in home run havens that could use that kind of skill. 

Rucinski surrendered just 0.7 HR per 9 innings while in Korea. 

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