Luke Scott signs with Korean team

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent Luke Scott has agreed to a contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The financial details have not been disclosed, but it’s probably safe to assume that the deal comes with a hefty salary given that the KBO doesn’t often attract legitimate major league players and Scott had been drawing at least some amount of interest state-side.

Scott, a popular subject on this particular baseball blog, batted .241/.326/.415 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 91 games this past season for the Rays.

The 35-year-old central Florida native is a .258/.340/.481 career hitter in Major League Baseball.

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UPDATE, 10:20 p.m. ET: According to Yonhap News Agency, it’s a one-year contract worth $250,000 with a signing bonus of $50,000. That’s over $200,000 less than the major league minimum.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.