Chunichi acquires right-hander Cabrera

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NAGOYA, Dec. 14 (16:30) Kyodo

The Chunichi Dragons have signed big right-hander Daniel Cabrera
of the Dominican Republic, who is trying to revive his career after a
meteoric rise and fall in the major leagues.

The Dragons said Friday they have inked the 203-centimeter
Cabrera to a one-year deal worth $450,000 plus performance-bases
bonuses. He will receive a signing bonus of $200,000.

In his heyday, Cabrera, 31, posted double-digit victories with
the Baltimore Orioles from 2004-05. He finished third in voting for
the American League Rookie of the Year when he went 12-8 in 2004.

But he has not appeared in the majors since playing six games
with the Arizona Diamondbacks and nine for the Washington Nationals
in 2009, and spent all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John elbow
On Sept. 28, 2006, Cabrera took a no-hitter into the bottom of
the ninth for the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, where Robinson Cano
broke up the bid with a one-out single before Cabrera got Bobby Abreu
to hit into a game-ending double play. At that point, no pitcher had
no-hit the Yankees since 1958.

This year, Cabrera made 24 starts in the minors for the
Pittsburg Pirates and Diamondbacks, going 7-8 with a 4.23 ERA over
132 innings. He holds a career major league record of 48-65 with a
5.10 ERA in 162 games (155 starts). Cabrera twice led the AL in walks
and twice in wild pitches.

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