Andy Marte signs with a new Korean baseball team

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Former major leaguer C.J. Nitkowski of Fox Sports 1 reports that Andy Marte has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the KT Wiz, a new team in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent in 2000, Marte was a well-regarded third base prospect a decade ago, drawing top-100 overall rankings from Baseball America going into each season between 2003-06. Marte, now 31, could never figure it out at the major league level even after the Braves sent him to the Red Sox in exchange for Edgar Renteria in December 2005, nor after the Red Sox sent him to the Indians in the Coco Crisp trade a little over a year later.

Over 940 plate appearances in the bigs, Marte compiled a meager .218/.276/.358 slash line with 21 home runs and 99 RBI.

Lucas Giolito earns second shutout of season

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The Twins have arguably baseball’s scariest offense. Their average of 5.87 runs per game is second only to the Yankees (5.90) while leading the league in slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.840), and home runs (244). White Sox starter Lucas Giolito made their offense look impotent on Wednesday, blanking them over nine innings for his second shutout of the season. The White Sox won 4-0.

Giolito allowed just three hits and walked none while fanning 12 batters over his nine innings of work. He’s now 14-6 with a 3.20 ERA and a 194/51 K/BB ratio in 151 2/3 innings on the season. Giolito is very much in the AL Cy Young Award picture. The Astros’ Justin Verlander leads the league in ERA at 2.81. A strong finish to the season for Giolito could certainly see his ERA dip below 3.00.

As mentioned, Wednesday’s shutout was Giolito’s second of the season. He and the Indians’ Shane Bieber are the only pitchers with multiple shutouts this season. They are two of only 21 pitchers with a shutout.