Teaford's contract sold to Korean team

Teaford's contract sold to Korean team

DETROIT -- Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford is going to give Korea a try.

The Royals announced on Sunday that Teaford's contract has been sold to the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. He had been in the Major League clubhouse until March 14, when he was reassigned to the Minor League camp.

"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.