"They had approached me in the offseason, and I didn't feel like I was ready to make that jump," Teaford said. "And then they came back again in Spring Training and, obviously, a lot had happened since the end of November to this point. I just felt it was a good opportunity. I'll get to start over there, and I decided to take them up on it."
Teaford, 29, pitched in parts of the last three seasons for Kansas City as a reliever and occasional starter, compiling a 3-5 record and 4.25 ERA in 45 games (eight starts). Last year, he played in just one game for KC, but for Triple-A Omaha, he was in 31 games (14 starts) and had a 4-6 record and 3.49 ERA.
Hailing from Alpharetta, Ga., Teaford spent his entire eight-year pro career with the Royals after being drafted in the 12th round in 2006 out of Georgia Southern.
Pitching for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2010, Teaford led the Texas League in victories with a 14-3 record. In 2008, he won the Mike Sweeney Award as the player who best represents the organization on and off the field.
"I'd been with them for eight years and they had a lot of young guys coming up," Teaford said. "And I was excited to get the opportunity to start all the time and not necessarily bounce back and forth -- and maybe get the opportunity to come back next year and show what I can do over here after a full year of starting, because I really haven't had that in about five years."
The team he's joining, the LG Twins, finished second last season.
"It honestly is a once-in-a-lifetime deal," Teaford said. "There are only nine teams over there -- and they're only allowed three foreign players -- so you figure that's just 27. I'm lucky they chose me."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.