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Rockies pick up '07 option on Byung-Hyun Kim

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies on Thursday exercised their
$2.5 million option on right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim for next
season.

Kim, who made $1.5 million last season, was 8-12 with a 5.57
ERA, 61 walks and 129 strikeouts last year, when he was used
exclusively as a starter for the first time in his career.

In eight major league seasons with Arizona, Boston and Colorado,
Kim is 44-52 with a 4.15 ERA with 86 saves.

Last year, Boston traded him to the Rockies and called his $10
million, two-year deal "a mistake." He is a native of South
Korea.