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Brad Bergesen released by Diamondbacks, headed to Japan

Nov 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Arizona has released Brad Bergesen ahead of tonight’s non-tender deadline, making the right-hander a free agent.

Bergesen had been arbitration eligible for a second time after earning $800,000 in 2012, but after three straight seasons with 100-plus innings for the Orioles he tossed just 30 innings for the Diamondbacks and spent most of the season at Triple-A.

He’s a 27-year-old with a 4.61 ERA in 424 career innings split between the bullpen and rotation, but that includes one of the worst strikeout rates around and Bergesen didn’t pitch well in the minors this year.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says the Diamondbacks released Bergesen so he could sign with a Japanese team.

  1. edelmanfanclub - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Not sure him players like Bergensen and LaHair are going to Japan to be top players then try and cash in here or Japan’s trying to steal MLB players and not succeeding. He probably could have gotten a Minor League Deal somewhere, but whatever it’s his choice.

  2. djjackson81 - Dec 1, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Bye bye

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