Andrew Albers will be in Minneapolis this weekend to take part in TwinsFest and accept the organization's Minor League Player of the Year Award. He also may be saying goodbye. Albers has reached an agreement to pitch for the Hanwha Eagles next season, his agent said, pending an agreement on compensation for the Twins. Toronto-based agent Blake Corosky declined to confirm terms of Albers' deal, but SportsNet Canada reported that the soft-throwing lefthander could be paid approximately $1 million for one year. The money makes the offer enticing -- "We're talking about a young man who until last year had never made more than $25,000 a season in his professional career," Corosky said -- as does the opportunity to speed up his career timetable. Albers' memorable major-league debut last August, in which he didn't allow a run in his first two starts, came when he was 27. Even if he stayed in the majors for the next five years, the North Battleford, Saskatchewan native would not reach free agency until after his 34th birthday. If Albers has a successful year in Korea, he could return to the United States as a free agent next winter and seek a larger contract. "It's a good opportunity for Andrew. His case is a little unusual" because of his age and the circuitous route he took to the major leagues, Corosky said. Elbow surgery cost Albers the entire 2009 season, and he pitched in the independent Canadian-American Association in 2010.
Twins' Albers may be headed to South Korea
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 22