D-backs, Japanese reliever Hirano reach $6M, 2-year deal
PHOENIX — Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract.
The 33-year-old is looked at by Arizona to provide bullpen depth and possibly compete to be the team’s closer. His deal was announced Friday.
Hirano was 3-7 with 29 saves and a 2.67 ERA in 58 relief appearances last season in Japan’s Pacific League and 10-25 with 143 saves and a 2.64 ERA in his last four seasons, striking out 284.pic.twitter.com/KZVnQU00Gd
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Hirano spent 12 seasons with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League, including the last eight as a reliever. He was 3-7 with 29 saves and a 2.67 ERA in 58 relief appearances last season and 10-25 with 143 saves and a 2.64 ERA in his last four seasons, striking out 284.
He played for Japan in this year’s World Baseball Classic, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances.