Nippon Ham adds right-hander Carlyle

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SAPPORO, Nov. 17 (18:44) Kyodo

The Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday announced the acquisition of
former Atlanta Braves pitcher Buddy Carlyle.

The 31-year-old right-hander went 0-1 with an 8.86 ERA in 16
relief appearances for the Braves in 2009 and has an 11-11 career
record with a 5.61 ERA in 104 major league games.

In his previous stint in Japan, Carlyle went 7-12 in a total of
31 games in 2001-02 for the Hanshin Tigers.

Nippon Ham general manager Masao Yamada hopes that Carlyle will
fill a spot in the starting rotation.

''I've learned that he has good command and throws an excellent
cutter, so his pitching style might suit Japan well,'' Yamada said.

Carlyle will earn an annual salary of 53 million yen.

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