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Jan 8, 2015

Ex-Pirates infielder Sanchez joins Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez will join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2015 season. Sanchez was not offered a contract by the Pirates and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles, the team announced Thursday on its website. The ...

Dec 29, 2014

Swallows sign reliever Ondrusek

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows said Monday they had acquired 203-cm right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek on a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Ondrusek went 21-11 with two saves over five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He has a career 3.89 ERA over 270⅔ innings. Ondrusek was ...

Kuroda returning to Carp

Dec 27, 2014

Kuroda returning to Carp

Free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will rejoin the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp in 2015 after seven seasons in the majors, the club announced on Saturday. Hiroshima gave the 39-year-old Kuroda a one-year contract worth an estimated ¥400 million plus performance-related bonuses. “We want him ...

Dec 26, 2014

Hawks sign Dutchman van den Hurk

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks have signed Netherlands right-hander Rick van den Hurk, the Japan Series champions announced on Friday. The 29-year-old van den Hurk is coming off two seasons in South Korea with the Samsung Lions. Last season, van den Hurk went 13-4 and ...

Dec 25, 2014

Marines make two acquisitions

The Pacific League’s Chiba Lotte Marines announced Thursday that they had acquired right-hander Rhee Dae-eun from the Chicago Cubs organization and lefty Chen Kuan-yu from the Central League’s Yokohama BayStars. Rhee, a 25-year-old from South Korea, made 24 starts this year, in a season ...

Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Dec 24, 2014

Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, this year’s Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner, is staying with the Orix Buffaloes. Kaneko, being chased by a number of Japanese clubs including the Hanshin Tigers, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, on Wednesday put ...

Dec 24, 2014

Ace Maeda re-signs with Carp

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda on Wednesday re-signed with the Central League club for ¥300 million, up ¥20 million from last season. “The club not only valued my results but also the way I played,” the 26-year-old said after signing the new deal at ...