More Signings: McCrory, Vechionacci, Sikorski, Graman

» 27 December 2010 » In nichibei, npb »

A couple more signings to pass along tonight. All source content is in Japanese.

  • The Chiba Lotte Marines have announced the signing of Orioles farmhand Bob McCrory. McCrory is expected to help fill the void left by departing closer Hiroyuki Kobayashi. He was quoted as saying, “for my style, I feel that I’m the type that attacks batters with a fastball and a good sinker. I will do my best to show all the Marines fans my best performance.” McCrory has done a good job limiting home runs in the minors, which backs up his climb of having a good sinker.
  • The ink is dry on Marcos Vechionacci’s ikusei deal with Hanshin. Vechionacci gets a 6m yen signing bonus, a 4m yen salary, and number 128.
  • Seibu is bringing both Brian Sikorski and Alex Graman back for 2011. Sikorski gets 90m yen for 2011, while Graman will be paid 50m yen.

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  1. Patrick
    28/12/2010 at 4:38 am Permalink

    Surprised that Graman will still be a Lion. Seibu showed 100m pay cut and Graman took it, I guess. Not many foreign players do that.

    Also, rumor has it that Brown and Fernández will be back too. The DH position has been a revolving door for Seibu. They seem to have become conservative all of a sudden.

  2. Patrick
    28/12/2010 at 5:49 am Permalink

    Were there any new foreign pick-ups for Yakult, especially in regards to pitchers? They do need a new starter…

    I haven’t heard anything about it but today I read an article about Lim’s press conference (he signed with a new sports management agency or something) and Lim mentioned something about Yakult having fortified their starter rotation this winter.

  3. Patrick
    28/12/2010 at 8:34 am Permalink

    The only pitcher that I can think of was Bae, and he failed his physical. Yakult’s rotation is actually pretty good, they had four starters throw at least 147 innings. That’s an arbitrary number but no other CL team had more than two guys throw that much. Hanshin, Hiroshima and Yokohama only had one guy each throw over 147 innings.