CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #275
Rakuten Monkeys News: Brandon Waddell
It’s mid-season time, and of course, it is usually the time for the baseball teams from NPB, KBO and CPBL to find replacement foreign players.
On June 9, Korean media IS Plus reported that the Doosan Bears of the KBO are on the verge of signing left-handed pitcher Brandom Waddell from the Rakuten Monkeys of the CPBL.
According to the article, the Doosan Bears also considered other pitchers playing in the MLB system as potential candidates but ultimately decided to go with Brandon Waddell, who played for the Bears in the 2022 KBO season. The Bears have reportedly entered preliminary contract negotiations with Waddell and will make the official announcement once the transfer deal is finalised.
As per CPBL columnist Wang Yi-Hsuan, the Doosan Bears paid the Rakuten Monkeys around 100,000 USD to buy out Brandon Waddell’s CPBL contract. The Monkeys are currently in the process of finding a new foreign pitcher.
As of today, Brandon Waddell has started ten games for the Rakuten Monkeys in the CPBL. He posted a 2.85 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 60 innings.
Foreign players comes and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2023 CPBL season.