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Kia Tigers release Justin Thomas

According to a source of Boston Sports for Life, the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) have released lefty Justin Thomas. The Korean team had until 12/31 to present him with a contract for next season but opted not to instead.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old is now a Free Agent in the MLB as well.

This past season, Justin Thomas made nine starts for the Kia Tigers and 10 appearances in all. In 46.2 innings, he posted a 4.44 ERA and struck out 51 men while allowing just three home runs in that timeframe. He earned $160k during his time in Korea.

Earlier in the year, he posted a 5.99 ERA for the Salt Lake Bees in 20 starts for the Los Angeles Angels' AAA affiliate. It was a role that he typically does not fill as Thomas has been a reliever for most of his career.

A former Boston Red Sox pitcher, Justin Thomas cracked the team's Opening Day Roster in 2012 as a reliever. He made seven appearances for the team in that dreaded 69-93 season managed by none other than Bobby Valentine. Totaling 4.2 innings, he let up four runs before he in the Red Sox parted ways. He also made a few appearances for the New York Yankees that same season.

Thomas has played in parts of three big league seasons (2008, 2010, 2012) and owns a 6.93 ERA in 31 relief appearances.