YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) The Yokohama BayStars have agreed with Marc Kroon to keep the services of the right-handed closer next season, the Central League club said Tuesday.

Yokohama and Kroon are currently working on the details, and baseball sources said they are expected to sign a two-year contract worth 400 million yen, including performance-based incentives.

Both sides reached an agreement after Kroon earlier in the day notified Yokohama of his decision to soften his stance from an earlier demand for a deal that included a club option for a third year.

Last week, Yokohama made its final offer to Kroon and said it would let the 32-year-old leave the Central League club if he refused to relent.

“We just hope he will perform well enough for a player who works under such a contract,” BayStars senior managing director Masatake Yamanaka said, adding it is exceptional for the club to sign a multiyear deal.

Kroon posted a 3-2 record with a team-high 26 saves and a 2.70 ERA in 55 games.

Swallows eye Kida

The Yakult Swallows are trying to acquire right-hander Masao Kida, who picked up 22 saves with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma this year, club president Yoshikazu Tagiku said Tuesday.

“We have already approached him. It’s all up to him,” Tagiku said, adding the Yakult front office made the move based on a request from newly appointed player-manager Atsuya Furuta.

Kida, 37, pitched just one game in the major leagues this year for the Mariners. He has a 1-1 career record with one save and a 5.83 ERA in 65 games, including two starts, in the majors with stints with the Detroit Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Mariners.

Eagles move on Bowers

SENDAI (Kyodo) The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are moving to acquire left-hander Cedrick Bowers, who was released by the Yokohama BayStars earlier this month.

Bowers will join Rakuten if no Central League teams claim him from waivers, sources close to the move said. The 27-year-old posted a 7-5 record with a 3.83 ERA in 18 games this season in his second year with the BayStars.

Rakuten is also interested in veteran right-hander Takashi Saito, who has left Yokohama in order to launch a bid to play in the major leagues. Saito is 87-80 with 48 saves in his career, including a 3-4 record this year.

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