Hannahan to play in S. Korea
Free agent 3B/1B Jack Hannahan has signed a one-year contract to play with the LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, MLB.com confirmed on Tuesday. It was first reported by Naver Sports, a site from Korea and KSTP-TV in Hannahan’s hometown of Minneapolis. KSTP said Hannahan will get $1 million to go abroad as he passed up Minor League contract offers from big league clubs.
Hannahan, 34, batted .209/.294/.278 with one homer and 16 RBIs in two seasons with the Reds while limited to just 109 games after he signed a two-year, $4 million contract. The deal came with a $4 million option for 2015, which the Reds bought out for $2 million.
Shoulder problems plagued Hannahan during his stay in Cincinnati. He played with a torn labrum in his right shoulder in 2013 and had surgery after the season. He did not return last season until July 27 and played only 26 games — but none at third base because he wasn’t ready to throw across the diamond yet.