When I read on mlbtraderumors.com then other day that the Padres had released Eulogio De La Cruz, I thought to myself "I wonder if an NPB team will go after him." Turns out the Yakult Swallows are doing exactly that. Sanspo says that the Swallows are "going to acquire" De La Cruz, with an official announcement coming next week.
De La Cruz looked good against the Giants this year, and certainly fits the profile of hard throwing relievers that NPB teams seem to be targetting this offseason. You'd think that Yakult would be looking for him to step in to the shoes of the departing Ryota Igarasahi, but according to Sanspo they expect him to start.