Lim Chang-yong is expected to return to his former team Samsung Lions after failing to make the grade in Major League Baseball.
The Chicago Cubs in the National League announced on Monday that they have released the right-hander. The news came just two days after Lim was excluded from the club's spring camp roster and assigned to a minor league Triple-A team.
Lim, who struggled in the minors, asked the team to let him go, and the Cubs accepted his request on condition that he return to Korea rather than join another MLB outfit.
"The Cubs sold the contract of the right-handed pitcher to the Samsung team for cash considerations," said Carrie Muskat, a reporter for MLB.com.
Lions Manager Song Sam-bong denied this as groundless. "Reports that the Lions will pay [the Cubs] are erroneous. The Cubs released Lim on condition that he return to the Lions."
As Lim looks set to join the team at a time when one of its core assets, Oh Seung-hwan, has recently left for Japan, his arrival comes as welcome news.
"The team's strength will be greatly boosted by his return. I will meet him to discuss the matter as soon as he returns," said Song. "The contract conditions, including his salary, won't be a big issue."