Diamondbacks Pitcher Takes Talents To Korea

After three seasons in the major leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but then being dropped from their 40-man roster, 28-year-old right-hander pitcher Taylor Widener has decided to take his talents to the Korean Baseball Organization.

Widener joins the NC Dinos of the KBO, and will earn $743,000 this season—that's more than the major league minimum of $720,000, so financially, the move makes sense. It also includes a $145,000 signing bonus.

In his three years with the Snakes, Widener holds a combined 4.26 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and a 109:54 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 107.2 innings. He made 13 starts in his 49 appearances.

Widener was originally a New York Yankees draft pick who got sent to the desert in a 2018 trade. 

It's hoped that Widener will get a chance to build his confidence and repertoire in Korea to the point where he'll get another shot at the majors in the future.

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