Rakuten adds right-hander Jimenez

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SENDAI, Dec. 17 (16:16) Kyodo

The Rakuten Eagles on Friday announced the acquisition of former
major league right-hander Kelvin Jimenez.

The 30-year-old from the Dominican Republic had a 14-5 record
with a 3.32 ERA in 27 games for the Doosan Bears in South Korea this
past season and has agreed to a one-year, 40 million yen contract
with Rakuten.

Jimenez made a total of 49 relief appearances in the majors in
2007-08, going 3-0 with a 6.82 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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