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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Beau Sulser Signs to Play in Korea

There’s word out of Korea that right-handed pitcher Beau Sulser has signed to play with the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The 28-year-old Sulser debuted in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. They then lost him on waivers to the Baltimore Orioles mid-season, but when the Orioles put him on waivers in mid-October, he rejoined the Pirates organization. He was designated for assignment recently and sent outright to Indianapolis after clearing waivers. No announcement was made of his release, but it’s not uncommon for teams to release fringe older players if they have a chance to make a much better salary overseas. According to that report, Sulser received $740,000 to sign, which is above big league minimum.

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I’d probably drop most of that money on Korean food. I’d look like David Wells when I got back. Best of luck to him.

Last edited 12 days ago by bianco599

He now has lifetime health care benefits from MLB and a $740K contract from the KBO. Great deal for him!


Best of luck to him. His fate in Pittsburgh would likely have been an up-and-down guy, only added to the 40-man amid a stack of injuries and just as quickly dropped when circumstances change. Hard to argue that’s a better situation than having a guaranteed roster spot and better salary in the KBO.

FWIW, Anthony Alford played for the Wiz this year and slugged .509. Here’s hoping Sulser finds a similar level of success.

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