Hawks catch ex-Marlin southpaw Pinto

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FUKUOKA, Jan. 5 (18:52) Kyodo

The Softbank Hawks will acquire former Miami Marlins pitcher
Renyel Pinto to plug some of the holes in the pitching staff, team
chairman Sadaharu Oh said Thursday.

''Pinto is a done deal,'' Oh said.

The 29-year-old Pinto was a reliever for the Marlins from 2006
to 2010, posting a 3.62 ERA in 244 appearances. He had eight wins, 10
losses and two saves.

The left-handed Pinto, a starter in the minors until he was
promoted in 2006, did not play in the majors last season.

This offseason, the Japan Series champion Hawks lost their front
three in the rotation.

Tsuyoshi Wada signed with the Baltimore Orioles in the majors,
and Toshiya Sugiuchi and D.J. Houlton both fled for the Central
League to play for the Yomiuri Giants. The three pitchers combined
for 43 wins and averaged an ERA of 1.88.

Oh said Softbank would try to add two more players for the new

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