CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #146
Rakuten Monkeys News: Ryan Carpenter
The Rakuten Monkeys will need to look for another foreign pitcher next season as their ace Ryan Carpenter is heading to the KBO. On November 29, the Hanwha Eagles announced the signing of Ryan Carpenter for a total package of 500,000 USD.
According to the Korean media YNA, Carpenter’s $500,000 salary package consist of the following: $100,000 signing bonus, $300,000 salary and $100,000 in performance incentives.
Rakuten Monkeys' Ryan Carpenter struck out 7 and allowed 2 earned run across 7 innings of work. #CPBL pic.twitter.com/OHkA8R9xu0
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) May 9, 2020
Back in August, rumours were floating around that an unnamed KBO team was considering to buyout Ryan Carpenter’s contract from Rakuten Monkeys. However, nothing materialised, as Carpenter’s escape clause already expired in July.
Ryan Carpenter, the 30-year-old left-hander, completed his 2020 CPBL season with a 4.00 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 157.1 innings. At the end of the season, he also won the Glod Glove award.
Rakuten Monkeys' Ryan Carpenter makes a no-look snag on a screaming comebacker and fires to first to complete the double play. This catch by Carpenter is a solid 8 on the Scott Richmond chart. #CPBL pic.twitter.com/vIHHjuoMNs
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) April 29, 2020
Mike Wright is the latest KBO starter who won’t be returning to the KBO in 2021 unless a new team elects to sign him.
I suspect we will see at least 2 former KBO pitchers in Taiwan next year. MyKBO posted a list of non-tendered KBO foreign players the other day. Very likely to be those guys.