Sep 26, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Andrew Albers (63) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins pitcher Andrew Albers has tentative deal to pitch in Korea


Just a few months after being named as the Minor League pitcher of the year for the Minnesota Twins organization, left-hander Andrew Albers is reportedly headed to Korea for the 2014 season.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has been on top of the Albers story all morning, and is reporting that there is a tentative agreement in place to send Albers overseas, pending a buyout from the Twins. The hold-up in Albers’ ability to freely sign with Hanwha is that he is a member of Minnesota’s 40-man roster, and the Twins are seeking a substantial buyout to secure his rights.

In 2013, the 28-year-old lefty reached the Majors for the first time, throwing 60 innings in 10 starts and putting up a very reasonable 4.05 ERA with the Twins. Still, Albers is considered to be a “fringy” prospect, and because of that, it appears as if the monetary gain by going to Korea is substantial enough where he’s taken the bait.

Berardino’s assertion of a deal for “north of $500,000″ is certainly the carrot at the end of the line for Albers, and because it is a 1-year deal, it seems like a very reasonable move by his camp. At the end of 2014, he can explore other options in the U.S. and because he would be a free agent, he could very likely negotiate a lucrative deal if he performs well. Stay tuned.

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