Buchanan from Samsung signs minor contract with MLB Philadelphia

David Buchanan (34), who played as an ace for the professional baseball Samsung Lions for four seasons from 2020 to 2023, signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies of the Major League Baseball (MLB).

Major American media outlets, including CBS Sports, reported on the 14th (Korean time) that Buchanan signed a minor league contract with Philadelphia that included an invitation to spring training.

Players who receive an invitation to spring camp must participate in exhibition games at the club's camp and attempt to enter the big league roster.

Buchanan will attempt to re-enter the Major League at Philadelphia's spring training camp held at Baycare Ball Park in Clearwater, Florida.

For Buchanan, Philadelphia is his home team.

Buchanan, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the 7th round in 2010, debuted in the big leagues in 2014 and started 20 games in his first year, posting decent records of 6 wins, 8 losses, and 117⅔ innings with an ERA of 3.75.

However, 2015 was poor with 15 games, 2 wins, 9 losses, and 74⅔ innings with an ERA of 6.99, and the following year, he joined Yakult Swallows of the Japanese professional baseball team.

Buchanan, who had somewhat mediocre records of 20 wins, 30 losses, and an ERA of 4.07 over three seasons in Japan, was reborn as a ‘blue blood ace’ after joining Samsung in 2020.

He played well for four seasons with a total of 54 wins, 28 losses, and an ERA of 3.02, and achieved double-digit wins and regulation innings for four consecutive seasons.

In particular, last season, he showed powerful pitching, going 12-8 with an ERA of 2.54 and pitching 188 innings while allowing only 4 home runs.

Samsung made every effort to renew Buchanan's contract, but failed to negotiate with Buchanan due to the cap on the total annual salary of foreign players (a total of $4 million for three players per team).

Buchanan, who returned to the United States, takes on the big league mound again for the first time in nine years since 2015.


Pub: 20 Feb 2024 02:35 UTC
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