Tag:international baseball
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 5:13 pm
 

The Japanese Jamie Moyer?

Might we see the Japanese Jamie Moyer?

NPBTracker notes 47-year old Japanese lefty Kimiyasu Kudoh is planning to come to the United States, but realizes he'll have to sign a minor-league contract.

"I think I want to go to America," Kudoh told Nikkan Sports. "It would be a minor-league contract, but they don't care about age over there. If I can put up results, I want to realize my Major League dream."

Kudoh pitched six innings with Seibu last season, allowing seven earned runs -- not the best indicator of success in the big leagues. He will be 48 in May.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Strike stops play in Dominican

A major Dominican winter league tournament has been interrupted by a players' strike, as near as I can tell while trying to piece reports together and wishing I'd worked harder in Spanish class.

The issue appears to be the suspension of pitcher Wilkins Arias, a Double-A prospect with the Yankees. He was suspended for pitching in a game while not on the roster of the Eagles, and players were upset that the player was punished and not the team. The suspension was lifted, but not in time to save three games that had been scheduled at different locations. The strike was called by players' union head Mario Soto, who pitched for the Reds from 1977-88.

Here is a link in Spanish with some background on the situation.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:42 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 5:31 pm
 

Nishioka deal with Twins done

The expected deal between Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Twins is now official, according to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com. Nishioka gets $9 million for three years, with a club option for a fourth year.

The Twins will also pay a $5 million posting fee to Nishioka's Japanese team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, with whom the 26-year-old just won the Pacific League batting title. He's won Gold Gloves at both second base and shortstop, and it looks like he'll be at short for the Twins.

UPDATE: Check out this amusing video of Nishioka, his interpreter and Twins officials trying to sort out the specs of his bats and his shoe size.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Garko heads to Korea

If the Hot Stove League were a horror movie, today you'd say, "It's quiet. Too quiet." There's a big lull in the proceedings as everyone catches up on sleep and laundry after the Winter Meetings.

So today, this qualifies as news: Ryan Garko is going to play in Korea, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was non-tendered by the Rangers after batting .091 in just 15 major-league games. He spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting .235.

The 29-year-old first baseman was a third-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2003, and he had a promising start, batting a combined .281/.352/.443 as a regular starter with the Indians in 2007-08. But things went downhill rapidly from there.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 1:27 pm
 

Iwakuma hopes for changes to posting system

Hisashi Iwakuma Hisashi Iwakuma said in a news conference in Japan on Wednesday that he still hopes to pitch in the United States, likely in 2012 as he will be an international free agent next season and won't have to go through the posting system.

YakyuBaka.com has all the translations from the news conference.

"I still have my dream, but I'll need to think about things again once I earn the [international free-agent] option," Iwakuma said. "I really can't say anything right now."

Iwakuma will return to his team, the Rakuten Eagles. He said the Japanese players association is discussing possible changes to the posting system and he is "grateful"  that it's an issue.

"I don't really know what needs to be improved, but I'm hopeful things will get better," he said.

Iwakuma said he didn't hear much from the A's after they won the posting system, instead letting his agent handle everything.

"A lot of things were mentioned in themedia and I felt confused, but I don't think things ended badly," Iwakuma said. "I wasn't really sure if they needed me after I heard about the first negotiations. And then as I watched and heard about the negotiations, I was deciding I wanted to stay."

Some have speculated the A's never had much interest in Iwakuma, but just wanted to make sure he didn't end up with a divisional rival. In the end, this could bring some changes to the bidding system, but we'll see.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 10:59 am
 

Report: Indians interested in Colon


Could we see Bartolo Colon on the mound in Cleveland again?

The 37-year-old former Cy Young Award winner didn't play in the U.S. last season, but a source tells Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com that the Indians have "some" interest in Colon, who is 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA in five starts in the Dominican Winter League.

Colon pitched the first 5 1/2 seasons of his career with the Indians. He was last seen in Chicago, where he made 12 starts with the White Sox in 2009 and was released when he took off after being placed on the disabled list. I want him to make a comeback just for the return of the awkward headlines.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE : Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer refutes the rumor, saying that the rumor had already been debunked prior to the Winter Meetings.  As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reveals, however, the Pirates are one team in on Colon who has reportedly lost 40 points. Uh-huh...

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 11:32 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 11:34 pm
 

Iwakuma back to Japan


It's not exactly a surprise, but the Athletics officially failed to reach agreement with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by Monday's deadline. Oakland assistant GM David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle "both sides were anxious to get something done, but we couldn't find common ground to do it."

It was clear from the start that the A's and Iwakuma's people had vastly different ideas about what his value was. Now he goes back to Rakuten, his Japanese team, and can try again to come here as a free agent after next season. The A's will not have to pay the posting fee, which was reported at $19.1 million.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Mariners sign Dominican prospect for $2.9 million

The Mariners have signed 17-year old Dominican Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports .

A right-handed hitter, Peguero is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds and projects to play second or third base, Badler writers.

The signing bonus is the highest given to an international amateur this year, and fourth all-time. The Mariners also signed Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo for $2.2 million in July.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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