Carp bolster bullpen with right-hander Socolovich

  HIROSHIMA, Nov. 12 Kyodo

The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement in principle over
contract terms with right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich, an
executive of the Central League club said Monday.

The 26-year-old has pitched in 12 major league games, all this
past season with the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. In three
seasons at the Triple-A level, the Venezuelan had a 2.99 ERA with 150
strikeouts in 129-1/3 innings.

"He can be used as a middle reliever," said the executive. "I
think batters will be scared and feel intimidated."

The deal appears to be for 30 million yen with performance-based
incentives and a 10 million yen signing bonus.

The Carp, who finished fourth this past season, have also
acquired veteran lefty reliever Yuichi Hisamoto, who has been left
out of the Chunichi Dragons' plans for next season.

The 33-year-old pitched in five games for the Dragons this
season, and has a 9-2 career record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA.
Hisamoto said Monday that former Dragons skipper Hiromitsu Ochiai
helped him decide on Hiroshima.

"Mr. Ochiai said that the Carp were going to be strong,"
Hisamoto said at a press conference in Hiroshima. "I believe those
words and I want to be a part of their strength."

Hisamoto agreed to a deal worth 10 million yen with additional
performance-based incentives.

The Carp recently said they will not extend a contract to Dennis
Sarfate, who lost his closer role this year after saving 35 games in
2011. When Sarfate proved ineffective, right-hander Kam Mickolio took
over the closer role with 21-year-old Takeru Imamura moving into the
set-up spot.
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