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Chris Narveson is headed to Japan

Dec 26, 2013, 9:50 AM EST

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Chris Narveson, who was a mid-rotation starter for the Brewers in 2010 and 2011 before injuries derailed him, has agreed to a deal with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan.

According to the Japan Times his deal is worth $850,000 for one season and the 33-year-old left-hander can also earn further incentives.

Narveson totaled just 11 innings in the majors during the past two seasons after starting 28 games for Milwaukee in back-to-back years.

  1. raulduke11 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Um…ok?

  2. Old Gator - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    I wish him luck. In fact, I feel a little jealous. I would love to spend a year in Japan, having already spent several months there on three separate occasions and falling in love with the country.

    Just out of curiosity, I wonder what kind of support Japanese teams give their American or Latin American ballplayers in terms of finding a place to live, making cultural adjustments and getting a handle on the real worth of things in yen. In Tokyo, English is widely spoken and much signage is in Latin characters, so he should be able to get around okay. And the average Japanese on the street are usually quite happy to help out a befuddled foreigner. Of course it’s one thing to be there on a fellowship or as a tourist and quite another thing to live there.

    • tunabumblebee - Dec 27, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      English is not widely spoken in Tokyo. Not by a long shot. There is much signage in Latin characters, and people can be helpful, both of those things are true.

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