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Rangers re-sign Yoshinori Tateyama to minor league deal

Dec 20, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT


Yoshinori Tateyama became a free agent in late October when Texas declined his $1.2 million option for 2013, but the 36-year-old reliever is returning to the Rangers on a minor-league contract.

Tateyama pitched well as rookie in 2011 after coming over from Japan, throwing 44 innings with a 4.50 ERA and 43/11 K/BB ratio, but got knocked around in the majors this year and spent most of the season at Triple-A.

His numbers there were very strong, with a 1.13 ERA and 45/7 K/BB ratio in 40 innings, so the Rangers did well to keep him in the organization as bullpen depth and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in the majors as a middle reliever.

  1. spytdi - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    They couldn’t let all of the bad pitchers get away. Feldman left, therefore they had to resign Mr. Homerun. (ミスターホームラン)

    • approvenothing - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      It is a minor league contract, so nothing is exactly guaranteed.

  2. storebrandcookies - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    He’s not that good of a pitcher, but I love to see that underhand delivery of his.

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