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Aces to secure World Series starter
12/05/2016 10:56 PM ET
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 22: Jeremy Guthrie #11 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on September 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Guthrie
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 22: Jeremy Guthrie #11 of the Kansas City Royals throws against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on September 22, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeremy Guthrie (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Jet Couriers Melbourne Aces have pulled off a major recruiting coup with the announcement that 12-year Major League Baseball veteran and World Series starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie set to join the Aces for the second half of the season.

Australian baseball fans won't have to wait long to get their first look at Guthrie with the right hander set to be included on the roster for the World All-Star team in the ABL's showpiece event, the 2016 All-Star Game Presented by Boral

The former first round draft selection has a baseball resume that reads as good as any having appeared in more than 300 games at the top level after stints with the Cleveland Indians (2004 - 2006), Baltimore Orioles (2007 - 2011), Colorado Rockies (2012) and most recently the Kansas City Royals (2012 - 2015).

When the Kansas City Royals appeared in the 2014 World Series, Guthrie would make two starts going 1-1 and becoming just the 74th player in Major League Baseball history to start Game 7 of a World Series. 

Guthrie boasts a career 91-108 record with a 4.37 ERA across his 12 seasons, recording over 1,000 strikeouts in the process.

The 37-year-old's acquisition is set to be a boost not just for the Melbourne Aces, but for the entire ABL with Australian and Melbourne Aces Manager Jon Deeble saying Guthrie's signing is a nod to the level of baseball being played around Australia.

"This guy is playing in the Major Leagues right now and pitched in a World Series two years ago, so to have him come out is a major coup for the league" said Deeble.

"It just goes to show that people know about the ABL and are interested in coming out to experience it for themselves".

Deeble adding that Guthrie's arrival could not have been better timed.

"It fits in perfectly for us. Unfortunately, we'll lose our Japanese guys after Christmas but we'll add both Guthrie and Moylan so we'll only get better".

"He's looking forward to it. He's working out, he's throwing so he'll be ready to go straight away once he gets here".

An avid traveller, Guthrie is currently en-route to Melbourne with his family and at this stage is scheduled to arrive on December 17.

"I just love the game and playing it in new places" said Guthrie.

"I'm super excited about playing the ABL and experiencing a new culture".

"The ABL will be good preparation for the next chapter in my baseball career and hopefully I can help grow the profile of the sport a little bit while I'm out there".

The ABL All-Star Game presented by Boral will take place at Melbourne Ballpark on Thursday 22 December. The one night only event is an annual highlight on the Australian Baseball calendar which see the best Australian talent, take on the best international talent playing in the ABL.

Tickets are on sale right now via the Australian Baseball League Website.

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.