Yakult to get services of minor league lefty Barrett

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TOKYO, Dec. 9 (18:49) Kyodo

The Yakult Swallows said Tuesday they have acquired Minnesota
Twins minor league left-hander Ricky Barrett on a one-year contract
worth 50 million yen, plus performance bonuses.

Yakult will hold a club option for a second year on Barrett, 27,
who went 4-5 with two saves and a 3.21 ERA in 50 games for Triple-A
Rochester in 2008.

Barrett, who has no experience in the majors but is expected to
add much-needed depth to the Yakult bullpen, has good command of a
fastball which clocks in the 150 kilometer-per-hour range.

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