Seibu get Red Sox right-hander Johnson for 350 mil. yen

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TOKOROZAWA, Japan, Jan. 12 (17:33) Kyodo

The Seibu Lions have acquired the services of former Boston Red
Sox right-hander Jason Johnson on a one-year contract worth 350
million yen, officials of the Pacific League team said Friday.

The 198-centimeter Johnson, who pitches mainly out of the
rotation, holds a major league record of 55-98 with a 4.99 ERA and
possesses a 150-kilometer fastball in his arsenal.

The Red Sox paid $51.11 million to Seibu for the exclusive
rights to negotiate with right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who signed a
six-year, $52 million deal with the American League club.

Johnson, who is a diabetic, will be expected to play a major
role in Seibu's rotation after the Lions lost arguably the best
pitcher in Japanese baseball to the major leagues.

In 2006, the 33-year-old Johnson went 3-12 with a 6.10 ERA in 24
games with Boston, the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds.

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