BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates this morning reached agreement on a one-year, $850,000 contract with free-agent pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim, pending a physical.
It is a major-league deal, one that could earn Kim an additional $1 million in performance bonuses.
Kim, a 29-year-old sidearm right-hander and native of South Korea, split last season between the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Florida Marlins, going 10-8 with a 6.08 ERA in 28 appearances, including 22 starts. In 394 Major League Baseball appearances, including 87 starts, he is 54-60 with a 4.42 ERA.
The Pirates' plan is to use Kim exclusively in the bullpen, where his addition will reduce the number of vacancies this spring to three.
A space on the full 40-man roster will have to be cleared for Kim.
Also today, the Pirates had their first full-squad workout under manager John Russell, a three-hour session with a focus on infield drills and live batting practice. Earlier in the morning, general manager Neal Huntington and Russell addressed the players to let them know of their expectations.
"I think we're a complete ball club, and I told the players that," Russell said. "We're not so much the power-hitting team that's going to hit a bunch of home runs, but we can handle the bat, we can pitch, we can play defense. It's a matter of putting it all together. The pieces are here, and I think a lot of the guys are starting to believe that. That's a good first step for us."
All players were healthy and participated fully except second baseman Freddy Sanchez (shoulder), who stayed out of infield drills, and reliever Damaso Marte (flu), who did his first light throwing of the spring.
Bill Mazeroski and Manny Sanguillen joined camp as instructors.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.