Softbank sign major leaguers Nitkowski and Hyzdu

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FUKUOKA, Nov. 15 (22:48) Kyodo

The Softbank Hawks said Wednesday they have signed deals with
lefty Christopher Nitkowski and outfielder Adam Hyzdu on one-year
contracts each worth 50 million yen.

Nitkowski will be expected to pitch in middle relief for the
Pacific League club. The 33-year-old former Detroit Tigers pitcher
did not make a major league appearance this past season but is 18-32
with a 5.37 ERA in 336 major league games.

Hyzdu played in just two games for the Texas Rangers this year
but has 19 homers with a .229 batting average in the majors,
including a stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Hawks are hoping Hyzdu can help bring depth to their roster
in right field. Right-hander D.J. Carrasco and outfielder Jolbert
Cabrera were released the same day.

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