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Foreign Player Signings: Fernandez, Harper

by Patrick Newman (Jun 25, 2010)

A couple of new imports this week to report...

  • Seibu has brought back Jose Fernandez back to Saitama on a $300k deal. Fernandez played for Seibu in 2004-5, and has spent seven years in Japan overall. He had been tearing up the Mexican League with a 1.010 ops this season, after Orix cut him loose last year.
  • Yokohama has officially introduced Brett Harper, who passed an audition last week and signed a contract earlier this week. It's an interesting contract that pays based on how many games Harper appears in at both levels, topping out at $100k. The deal also includes an option for next year. Harper is a big first baseman who has bounced around four MLB organizations since a strong 2008 season for the Giants 3A affiliate in Fresno. This signing kind of reminds of when the BayStars acquired Cedrick Bowers a few years ago,
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