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