SOUTH KOREA – The Doosan Bears have signed a replaced for Ramon Ramirez (who was released prior to the season) in 28 year-old Venezuelan ???Fernando Nieve.
Nieve was originally singed by the Houston Astros in 1999. He made his Major League debut in 2006 with the Astros. He pitched parts of 4 seasons in the big leagues compiling an 8-11 record with a 4.61 ERA appearing in 99 games with 19 starts. Used mainly as a starter in the minor leagues he went 64-45 with a 3.75 ERA over 198 games (160 starts).
Nieve spent the 2010 season with the NY Mets pitching 40 games out of the bullpen and making 1 start. He spent the winter playing for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League where he compiled a 0-4 record and a 5.79 ERA in 9 games (8 starts).
He joins one of the better pitchers in the league in fellow foreigner Dustin Nippert on the staff of the Bears.
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.