Foreign Players Updates Volume #44

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Lamigo Monkeys News: Bruce Kern

According to the Lamigo Monkeys’ general manager, the Monkeys have reached an agreement with former Chinatrust Brothers RHP Bruce Kern.

Our first choice was to bring back Zack Segovia. However, after experiencing some difficulty to re-sign him, we’ll have to go to our backup option” – Said the GM of the Lamigo Monkeys.

Despite the Monkeys did not confirmed the signing, a few hours later, Kern posted a picture of the Monkeys logo on his Instagram with the message “2018 starts in Lamigo. Excited to get started!!!” In doing so, pretty much confirmed the signing.

The hard-throwing Kern was signed by the Chinatrust Brothers back in 2016, however he was released with only two starts due to blisters on his fingers.

Kern was invited back to the Brothers spring camp in 2017 and stayed in the Brothers starting rotation until the end of August. He wound up posting a 5.16 ERA, 1.58 WHIP across 16 starts and 96 innings with 87 strikeouts.

Lamigo Monkeys have sign Bruce Kern for 2018 CPBL season
Lamigo Monkeys have signed RHP Bruce Kern for 2018 CPBL season.

What about Zack Segovia?

With the signing of Bruce Kern, Darin Downs and Michael Nix, the Lamigo Monkeys have officially filled their three foreign players quota in the first team.

This mean either the Monkeys going to sign Segovia and placed him in the farm team, or maybe it is like the rumours suggested, that Segovia is indeed going to Fubon Guardians.

Update: 6th February

According to an article on Taiwan’s Apple Daily, it seems the Fubon Guardians is not the only team that is trying to sign Zack Segovia.  Apparently, NPB’s Yomiuri Giants are also interested.

In 2017 during an exhibition game between CPBL All-Star vs Samurai Japan (Japanese National Team), Segovia pitched a solid four innings with seven strikeouts.

With the news of the Yomiuri Giants eyeing Zack Segovia, the Guardians are now seeking alternative options for their next foreign player.

Whether this is real or just another tactic by the players’ agent trying to get more money, let’s wait and see.


Further Readings

Foreign players come and goes, therefore we have compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players for the 2018 CPBL season.

9 COMMENTS

    • Yeah, a lot of teams prefer someone with previous Asian league experience. I guess in a way makes the transition easier. Also with the signing of Bruce Kern, I guess Segovia is going to Fubon Guardians.

    • There’s news today that NPB’s Yomiuri Giants might be interested in Zack Segovia. Knowing they can’t outbid NPB team, the Guardians are now backing off and seeking back up option.

  1. I assume that Yomiuri would sign Segovia to be back-up pitching depth on their minor league team, because Yomiuri already has five good foreign players signed for its four major league roster spots.

    • Or maybe it’s just a tactic by Segovia’s agency trying to push for higher price. And Guardians just release this info to media as a counter attack. Basically saying they’ll call their bluff.

      Haha, this is getting quite exciting now.

  2. As NPB’s richest team, the Yomiuri Giants get around the four foreign player major league roster limit by signing extra foreigners and stashing them in minors until they need them. I don’t see the Giants offering more than $200, 000 for Segovia to pitch in minor league.

    • I agree too. The thing is, if Segovia side has agree to term with NPB team, why even bother to come back to Guardians for a counter offer. Something is definitely fishy here.

      Jared Lansford tried to do the same tactic last year, and Guardians just pretty much let go of him. With CPBL being the last “high paying league” in the world, Segovia’s agency JMG Baseball is playing a very dangerous game.

  3. Yomiuri could be interested because they may will be willing to carry as many as eight foreign players for their four major league roster spots. Still, they won’t pay a whole lot for Segovia to be at best only the sixth best foreigner signed for 2018, not when the major league roster spots are filled NPB veteran stars Alex Guerrero, Casey McGehee, Scott Mathieson and Arquimedes Caminero and the Giants just signed Taylor Jungmann to a $750,000 contract (and probably paid an equal amount to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jungmann’s rights).

    If a CPBL team were offering Segovia $25,000 a month, the Giants might match that, but it’s hard to see the Giants going much higher. Given Segovia’s age (35 in 2018) and his 2017 stats, I’m not convinced Segovia is worth more than $25,000 a month to a CPBL team.

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