Free agent first baseman Kim Tae-gyun has signed a one-year deal to return to the Hanhwa Eagles. Kim spent the last two years with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese NPB. Kim had success in his debut season by blasting 21 homers and driving in 92 runs, but struggled with injuries and poor performance in 2011.
Kim spent 2001-09 with the Hanhwa Eagles. He maintained a .310 batting average with 181 homers and 701 RBIs and was one of the more terrifying middle-of-the-order hitters in the KBO.