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The Chiba Lotte Marines have acquired former major league pitcher Josh Ravin for next season, the Pacific League club said Monday.

The 30-year-old Ravin, who played with the Atlanta Braves last year, agreed to terms worth an estimated $800,000 (about ¥87.2 million). The Marines hope he will add depth to the bullpen as a relief pitcher.

“He throws good fastballs and breaking balls. We hope he can pitch the eighth or ninth inning,” said Naoki Matsumoto, Lotte’s head of baseball operations.

The American right-hander debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 as a relief pitcher. He has a 2-3 career record with one save and a 5.12 ERA over 35 games.

He threw three innings in two games for the Braves in 2018. In his 18⅔ innings for the Braves’ Triple-A farm club, Ravin struck out 30 of the 80 batters he faced, while walking nine.

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