Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

Mar 11, 2017

Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

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Wladimir Balentien, the affable slugging outfielder for the Netherlands and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, said he knew the young group of players darting around the infield for the Dutch during the World Baseball Classic four years ago were going to be special. Balentien saw ...

/ Dec 27, 2016

Swallows sign veteran hurler Ohlendorf

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows acquired right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, the Central League club announced Tuesday. The 34-year-old, who pitched in 64 games for the Cincinnati Reds this season, relies on a good fastball and sinker and has a ...

/ Nov 29, 2016

Longtime hurler Arakaki retires

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki revealed his decision to retire Tuesday after 14 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. “I thought it was about time to decide after speaking to my family,” said Arakaki, who was released by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last ...

/ Nov 21, 2016

Yakult acquires right-hander Guilmet

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have acquired right-hander Preston Guilmet on a one-year contract worth $600,000, the Central League club announced Monday. Guilmet, 29, who has pitched in 19 major league games with a 0-1 record and an 8.22 ERA, struck out 82 in 68⅓ ...

/ Nov 14, 2016

Swallows acquire Green from minor leagues

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have acquired Dean Green, a U.S. minor league infielder, on a one-year contract worth ¥50 million (about $460,000) plus incentives, the Central League baseball club said Monday. Green has no experience in the big leagues, but Masayuki Okumura, the Swallows’ ...

/ Nov 3, 2016

Swallows acquire first baseman Green

The Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday that they have sold the contract of minor league first baseman Dean Green to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. A 27-year-old left-handed hitter has spent the bulk of his career in Double-A. This season, he hit a career-high 23 home ...