The Pittsburgh Pirates released Dutch right-hander Rick van den Hurk on Saturday to allow him signing with an undisclosed foreign club. It is quite possible that the 27-year-old could sign in Japan, Korea or Taiwan. Born in Eindhoven, he got contracted by the Florida Marlins in 2002 as an amateur free agent. He made his professional debut one year later. He moved through their farm system and got into Major League Baseball in 2007. With the Marlins and later the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates he made 50 appearances in the big leagues, going 8-11 with an ERA of 6.08. He struck out 179 batters in 183 2/3 innings, while walking 96. In the Minors he had an ERA of 3.72 in 146 games for the three different organizations.
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