The media learned on Thursday that the Rakuten Eagles are planning on giving 31-year-old Byung-Hyun Kim a tryout at some point within the next few days.
Kim signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999 and became made something of a lasting impression after a 2001 World Series where he gave up leads in both game 4 and game 5. Kim ended up staying in Arizona until he was traded away to Boston in 2003. Because of an ankle injury, he never really took off in Boston and left another lasting impression when he gave fans the finger during lineup announcements at game 3 of the 2003 World Series. Kim was shuttled off to the Rockies before the 2005 season and after some controversy in Colorado, ended up getting traded to Florida in 2007, the same year in which he became just the second Korean pitcher to win 10 games. In 2008, Kim signed a contract with the Pirates, only to be released after a bad spring training. Kim tried to make a comeback in 2010 by signing a minor league deal with the SF Giants, but was released after just one minor league game. Kim later signed on with the Orange County Flyers out of the GBL.