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KobayashiIn an attempt to reinforce the hind-end of their bullpen Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians picked up free agent hurler Masahide Kobayashi, the first Japanese player ever signed in Cleveland.

The $6.25 million, two-year deal includes a $3.25 million club option for 2010 with a $250,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old righty spent the past nine seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines, and is one of three elite pitchers in Japanese baseball with more than 200 saves.

The plan is to use him primarily as a setup man for closer Joe Borowski, who led the AL with 45 saves in his first season with the Tribe.

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1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

At first I was like, what the hell do hot dogs have to do with this guy? It baffled my mind for a short time.