Kida set to ink deal to play for Yakult

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TOKYO, Dec. 1 (19:23) Kyodo

Right-hander Misao Kida, who played mainly for the Seattle
Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma this past season, has been acquired by the
Yakult Swallows, officials of the Central League team said Thursday.

Kida reached an agreement with the team after taking part in
talks the same day and will hold a press conference next Tuesday with
further details on the deal.

Kida made just one mound appearance for Seattle this past season
but recorded 22 saves for the minor league affiliate.

''He will be a big help pitching for us in relief,'' said
player-manager Atsuya Furuta.

The 37-year-old Kida was a No. 1 draft pick by the Yomiuri
Giants in 1987 and, after a stint with the Orix BlueWave, joined the
Detroit Tigers on a free-agent deal in 1999.

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