Former closer Kim, Giants agree to deal

Updated: February 1, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Former Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim has come out of retirement and agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants, said his agent, Paul Cobbe. He will try to win a job in the team's bullpen in spring training.

Kim, 31, has a 54-60 record with a 4.42 ERA and 86 saves in nine seasons with Arizona, Boston, Colorado and Florida. His best season came in 2002, when he went 8-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 36 saves for the Diamondbacks.

Left-hander Horacio Ramirez also received a non-roster invite to spring training.

Kim is probably best remembered for two nightmarish outings in the 2001 World Series, when he allowed late home runs to Tino Martinez, Derek Jeter and Scott Brosius in back-to-back losses to the Yankees. Arizona came back to win the Series in seven games.

Kim, a sidearmer, went to spring training with Pittsburgh in 2008, but hasn't pitched in affiliated ball for two years. Cobbe said he spent much of his time "re-charging'' in his native South Korea.

"He's evaluated coming out of retirement for a while, but now he feels like he's in a position physically to be successful,'' Cobbe said.

Jerry Crasnick is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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