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David Hale signs with Korean team

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Yonhap News reports that David Hale has signed on with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. Hale will make $500,000 for the rest of the season.

Hale, 30, allowed seven runs over 13.2 innings with the Yankees and Twins this season. Just a weird year all around for him, because his time with the Twins — one game — came in between two separate stints with New York. Four of those seven runs came in the one bad outing with Minnesota.

Hale could’ve probably latched on someplace else in the United States if he wanted to, but there’s no guarantee of a big league job and, thus, no guarantee of the cool half million he’s getting in Korea. Makes perfect sense that he’d make that choice at this point in the year.

Probably a win-win for him, really. There’s a good chance that, given the level of competition in Korea, he’ll do OK there. If he does, it could get him a better job in the bigs in 2019 than shuttling between Triple-A and the bigs might this year. If no good offers come to pass, he’d stand to make more than the big league minimum in Korea next season.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.