Scott Richmond has appeared in just four big-league games since starting 24 times for the Blue Jays in 2009 and now the 33-year-old right-hander is headed to Korea.
Korean news outlet Navar reports that Richmond has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Richmond had a 5.29 ERA in 169 innings for the Blue Jays and has struggled mightily at Triple-A for the past two seasons, so his odds of getting back to the majors seemed very slim.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.
Which is kind of weird, really.
Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.
Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.
But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.