Orix rejects Brewers' claim to right-hander Figaro

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KOBE, Dec. 20 (21:13) Kyodo

The Orix Buffaloes on Thursday said the minor league contract
between the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Alfredo Figaro is

Figaro, who was 8-11 with a 3.31 ERA in 35 games for Orix over
the past two seasons, left Japan on Oct. 6 along with fellow pitcher
Evan MacLane.

At the time, the Buffaloes were undecided about whether to offer
the two new contracts. MacLane was released Nov. 30, but Figaro was
kept on the reserve list and Orix maintained it has no plans to let
him go.

"I think there's some sort of misunderstanding regarding his
current contractual status," said Shosaku Yokota, deputy chief of
Orix's baseball operations. "Figaro is a player we need for next

On Wednesday, the Brewers said they had inked the 28-year-old
Dominican to a minor league deal, spurring Orix to state that the
player was still a part of their plans for 2013.

Figaro played winter ball in Central America where he has been
listed as a free agent.

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