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The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have reached an agreement to acquire former major league pitcher Albert Suarez, the Central League club said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Suarez played Triple-A ball for the Reno Aces, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ affiliate, this past season. He went 0-1 with a 4.97 ERA in 31 games.

In 40 major league games, including 12 starts, he had a 3-8 record with a 4.51 ERA.

Suarez is expected to be a starter next season for Yakult, which finished second in the CL this year with a 75-66-2 record.

The right-hander, originally from Venezuela, is the older brother of Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Robert Suarez.

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