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Samsung signs Ben Lively as Deck McGuire gets cut loose

Aug 10,2019
Former big league pitcher Ben Lively will now take the mound in Korea.

The Samsung Lions of the KBO announced their signing of Lively on Thursday. The 27-year-old right-hander will make $325,000 for the rest of this season.

Lively will replace Deck McGuire in the Lions’ rotation. McGuire threw a no-hitter on April 21 but otherwise struggled in his first KBO season, with a record of 4-8 and a 5.05 ERA. He was taken off the active roster on Aug. 1 with a thigh injury and the Lions decided to cut him loose for good.

Lively compiled a 4-10 record with a 4.80 ERA in 26 major league games, 20 of them starts. He appeared in one game for the Kansas City Royals this year while spending the rest of the time in Triple-A, going 6-2 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 games split between the affiliates of the Royals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.