The Lamigo Monkeys have signed 42-year-old RHP Ken Ray, the team announced through a press release today.
Ray spent four years with the organization between 2010 and 2014. He joined the then-La New Bears in 2010 and pitched to a 27-25 record while throwing northwards of 400 innings over the course of three seasons. He led the CPBL in ERA (2.85) and games started (27) in 2011. After 2012, the former member of the K.C. Royals and Atlanta Braves jumped over to the NPB in Japan and pitched one season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles before returning to Taiwan for the 2014 season.
Ray had arguably his best season with the Monkeys in 2014, going 9-5 over 17 starts while sporting a slim 2.17 ERA over 100 innings, but was released just before the free-agent deadline in late August of that year.
The well-travelled hurler had two more years in Japan with the Golden Eagles in 2015 and 2016, amassing 124.1 innings in 26 appearances (23 starts). Ray has also spent time in the Mexican League and the Korean Baseball Organization. He has been playing professional baseball since 1993, an impressive span of 24 years.
The Monkeys make this move to add depth to their pitching staff. Ray will be the fourth import pitcher on the team and joins fellow teammates Zack Segovia, Darin Downs, and Zeke Spruill. Only three import players are eligible to be on the first-team roster so the team will have to assess its talent and release somebody down the road.