Jays Agree with Noguchi

» 11 February 2009 » In mlb prospects »

Sports Hochi is reporting that Toronto has agreed to terms with another Japanese lefty, former Yomiuri Giant Shigeki Noguchi. Noguchi was once one of the best pitchers in Japan, taking the 1999 Sawamura Award and MVP with 19 wins for the Central League Champion Chunichi Dragons. He’s never recovered his old form since missing most of 2002 with an injury, and didn’t pitch at the top level at all in 2008. 

Noguchi gets a minor league contract and will take part in the minor league camp, and start the season in AA or AAA. Definitely a low risk acquisition for the Jays.


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  1. Patrick
    15/02/2009 at 6:57 am Permalink

    I’ve been told that this is not true. The BlueJays and Noguchi did not come to an agreement after all. My guess is that Noguchi failed his physical. He seemed rather over weight to me while with the Giants.

  2. Patrick
    15/02/2009 at 8:03 am Permalink

    Well, this has been reported as an “agreement” rather “finalized a contract”, so we’ll see what the official word is.


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