Free-agent RHP Alexi Ogando has signed with the Hanwha Eagles, who play in the Korean Baseball Organization, per San Kang (with a special thanks to Sung Min Kim for the translation). Ogando most recently appeared in the major leagues last season as a member of the Atlanta Braves.
Last season in his stint with Atlanta, Ogando made 36 appearances out of relief. His 3.94 ERA was his lowest since 2013, when he still made more than half his appearances as a starter for the Texas Rangers. Now fully entrenched in relief, Ogando also signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks before the end of the season, but never made it to the major league roster with the team. In 5.1 innings of work with Triple-A Reno, he allowed eight earned runs before he opted out of his deal.
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Ogando came into prominence when he was named to the American League All-Star team in his second major league season. As a rookie in 2010, he dominated out of relief for the Rangers, posting a 1.30 ERA in 44 appearances as the team made their trek to the World Series. He spent the next season in the starting rotation, going 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA, making 29 starts.
After switching back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen, Ogando finally left the organization in 2014. He was signed by the Oakland Athletics in 2002 as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic as an outfielder, before converting into a pitcher with the Rangers ahead of the 2006 season.