Rakuten announces signings of Rasner, Childers

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TOKYO, Dec. 6 (16:33) Kyodo

The Rakuten Eagles said Saturday they have acquired New York
Yankees right-hander Darrell Rasner and Philadelphia Phillies minor
league right-hander Matt Childers.

Rasner, 27, will be paid 100 million yen while Childers, 30,
will earn a salary of 50 million yen. Both pitchers' contracts are
for one year with a team option for a second.

Rasner went 5-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 24 games for the Yankees in
2008 and has a 9-15 record with a 5.00 ERA in four major league

Childers, who is 0-0 with a 9.69 ERA in 11 games in his major
league career, went 3-5 with 20 saves in 53 games this past season
for the 2008 World Series champions' Triple-A affiliate.

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