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Swallows to post closer Barnette

Kyodo

The Central League champion Tokyo Yakult Swallows revealed Monday that they will make closer Tony Barnette available to major league teams through the posting system.

The Swallows are seeking a posting fee of $500,000. Any major league team that agrees to pay that fee to Yakult can negotiate with Barnette, who saved 41 games this season. The right-hander, who will turn 32 on Nov. 9, joined the Swallows in 2010 from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Should Barnette not reach a contract with a big league club, he will return to the Swallows.

Barnette, who has yet to pitch in the majors, would be the second foreign player to be posted. The first-ever player to be posted in 1999, Alejandro Quezada of the Hiroshima Carp, was also the last foreign player to go through the posting system.