Add another MLB player to the ranks in Japan.
NishiNippon.co.jp (translation by Yakyubaka.com) is reporting that Anthony Lerew is close to inking a deal to head to Japan. The 28-year-old will reportedly make $50 million yen for one season as Sponichi reveals. In other words, Lerew will make a shade under $600,000.
Lerew was drafted by the Braves in 2001 and had cups of coffee as a 22- 23- and 24-year-old before spending all of 2008 in the minors. He joined the Royals (surprise, surprise) and made eight starts for K.C. over the last two seasons. While his 2009 portended some promise, he got his braines beat in during 2010 despite improved K/BB numbers.
Lerew had inked with the Athletics on a minor-league deal before choosing to pursue opportunties in Japan.
-- Evan Brunell