Source: Rasner Re-ups With Rakuten

» 05 November 2010 » In nichibei, npb »

According to a reliable baseball source, Darrell Rasner has agreed to terms with the Rakuten Golden Eagles on a contract for next season. My source indicated that it’s a one-year deal with a team option for 2012. I spoke with Rasner’s agent, Matt Sosnick of Sosnick Cobbe Sports, and he was able to confirm the agreement.

Rasner bounced back from a rough debut season to put up 152.2 serviceable innings in 2010. With the impending loss of ace Hisahi Iwakuma, Rakuten will look to Rasner to provide stability as a mid-rotation innings eater.


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  1. Patrick
    05/11/2010 at 2:51 pm Permalink


  2. Patrick
    06/11/2010 at 1:28 am Permalink

    With Iwakuma’s deadline over, I want to point out something.
    Once a player leaves an NPB team via the posting process, the old NPB team no longer holds any rights. You might have been thinking about another old Swallow, Kaz Ishii. He indeed went back to the Swallows. But that was coincidence. (OK, not entirely coincidence because he knew people there.) He had no obligation to do so.

  3. Patrick
    06/11/2010 at 8:12 am Permalink

    Thanks for the correction. It wasn’t just Ishii that had me thinking that, it was Norihiro Nakamura, who returned to Orix after being posted, as well. I wasn’t sure myself, which is why I said “I believe”. But then again, Yakult would probably want Iwamura if he were available.

  4. Patrick
    06/11/2010 at 2:00 pm Permalink
  5. Patrick
    06/11/2010 at 9:56 pm Permalink

    I see. The other thing that threw me for a loop was that Ishii qualified for free agency for the first time after returning to Yakult. In any case, thanks for the correction.