Yomiuri to add former Indians reliever Kobayashi

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TOKYO, Nov. 27 (13:29) Kyodo

The Yomiuri Giants plan to add depth to their bullpen by
acquiring former Cleveland Indians right-hander Masahide Kobayashi,
sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

Kobayashi recorded 227 saves, fourth on the all-time Japanese
baseball list, over nine seasons with the Lotte Marines before
joining the Indians as a free agent in 2008.

Kobayashi made 57 appearances in his major league rookie year,
going 4-5 with six saves and a 4.53 ERA.

But he was sent to the minors in May 2009 after his ERA
ballooned to 8.38. The 35-year-old left the Indians two months later.

Kobayashi joins a Yomiuri bullpen that already boasts Daisuke
Ochi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi and closer Marc Kroon.

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