Kroon to remain with Giants next season

 
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TOKYO, Nov. 10 (22:51) Kyodo

 
Yomiuri Giants closer Marc Kroon will return to the 2009 Japan
Series champions next season, baseball sources said Tuesday.

Kroon, 36, signed a one-year deal to join the Giants in 2008
with an option that automatically kicked in to extend his contract
each year up to three years based on solid performances.

He was scheduled to have bone chips removed from his right elbow
the same day and surgery to shave off bone spurs, team officials
said. ''Of course, this means we want him to play for us next season
as well,'' said team representative Hidetoshi Kiyotake.

Kroon posted 27 saves with a 1.26 ERA in 46 games this past
season. He got the final four outs for his third save in the decisive
Game 6 of the Japan Series against the Nippon Ham Fighters.
 


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