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NPB Trade Deadline Action

by Patrick Newman (Jul 28, 2008)

Well, not really, but a number of foreign player signings were announced today.

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have announced two signings: former Nippon Ham slugger Fernando Seguinol and 3A pitcher Marcus Gwyn.

Seguinol joins his third team in Japan. He stunk in 2002 with Orix; spent 2003 in 3A, then joined Nippon Ham and proceeded to have a dynamite season in ‘04. He regressed a little bit each until Nippon Ham finally cut him loose after last season. Marcus Gwyn appeared in three games last year for the Angels, but hasn't had much success above 2A ball.

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows picked up former Hiroshima Carp pitcher Sean Douglass. Douglass spent 2006 with Hiroshima, and 2007 on the shelf with an injury. Yakult tried him out last fall, but decided to pass. "I have confidence," Douglass commented, "I want to give the team a chance to win when I pitch."

And finally, Hiroshima pulled Jim Brower out of the Astros' system. Brower has spent parts of nine seasons with MLB teams. He was actually pretty good with the Giants in ‘04.

Japan's trading deadline & foreign player acquisition deadline is the 31st, so we'll find out in the next day or two if any more transactions are coming up.


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