Yomiuri acquires former Yokohama closer Kroon

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TOKYO, Dec. 5 (20:42) Kyodo

Closer Marc Kroon, who left the Yokohama BayStars last month
after negotiations on a new deal collapsed, has joined the Yomiuri
Giants, the Central League club said Wednesday.

Kroon has signed a one-year deal thought to be worth 350 million
yen, which includes a signing fee, with both sides having the option
of a second year.

The one-year rolling contract could be extended to a final third
year depending on the injury-prone fastballer's results.

The 34-year-old Kroon earned a career-high 31 saves this past
season. He is 8-8 with 84 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 145 games in his
three-year stint with Yokohama.

Koji Uehara posted a new club record of 32 saves for Yomiuri
this season and helped the Giants win their first CL pennant in five

But the Giants have been targeting Kroon as Uehara is expected
to return to the starter's role next season.

''We plan to have Uehara back as a starter and we have reached
one of our targets of strengthening in relief,'' said Yomiuri team
official Hidetoshi Kiyotake.

Meanwhile, Yokohama announced the acquisitions of two new
foreign players, right-hander Mike Wood and infielder J.J. Furmaniak.

Wood, 27, posted three wins for the Texas Rangers this season
and has a career 16-22 mark in the major leagues.

Furmaniak, 28, played 16 games this term with the Oakland
Athletics. He batted .292 and had 15 home runs in 106 games with the
team's Triple-A affiliate.

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