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.