Right-hander Yusaku Iriki, who was traded from the Yomiuri Giants at the end of the season, agreed on Wednesday to a two-year deal with a base salary of 70 million yen plus performance-based incentives in the first year, the Pacific League club said.
As part of the deal, Iriki has given up on a request to be placed on auction via the posting system in the hopes of moving to the major leagues next year, sources said.
The 31-year Iriki could be considered for the posting system after two years but must win at least 20 games during the same period for a shot overseas.
Also, the Fighters have signed former Boston Red Sox right-hander Ryan Rupe on a two-year contract worth an annual salary of 60 million yen with a signing bonus of 30 million yen.
Rupe played in just four games for Boston in 2003 and finished with a 1-1 record.
He has a career 24-38 record with a 5.85 ERA over five years in the majors.
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