Dodgers News: Los Angeles close to signing Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao

The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing Taiwanese right-hander Chin-hui Tsao, who has not played professional baseball since he was expelled from the Taiwanese league five years ago after being accused of game-fixing.

Per Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, "the Dodgers are expected to sign Tsao to a minor league contract. It is not clear whether he would get an invitation to the major league spring training camp."

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The 33-year-old Tsao appeared in 21 games for the Dodgers  as a relief pitcher back in 2007. He has also pitched for the Colorado Rockies and has the distinction of being the first Taiwanese-born pitcher in Major League Baseball history.

After returning to Taiwan to play for the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2009, the CPBL banned him after an investigation for game-fixing although no official charges were brought to light. The Dodgers are said to have gotten clearance from the MLB commissioner's office to sign him, despite his checkered past.

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