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Calling on Reinforcements

by Patrick Newman (Jun 13, 2011)

It's that time of year again, when struggling NPB teams look to improve their competitive fortunes through the addition of players from overseas.
  • Rakuten has imported first baseman Luis Alfonso Garcia from the Mexican League. The big righty has already appeared in three games for the Eagles, and is 3 for 10 with a double, and has participated in his first hero interview. Rakuten has a bit of a pattern of in-season imports having some initial success, then flaming out in year two, so we'll see how Garcia does. I love his stance, though.
  • Orix has picked up 23 year-old righty Wilson Matos on an ikusei contract. Matos had been with the Cardinals 1A affiliate, but it looks like all of his game experience came in the low minors with the Boston and Florida organizations.
  • Nikkan Sports is reporting that Hiroshima is looking to add a bat, specifically a righthanded outfielder with gap power. They reportedly have a list of five or six names, but Nikkan Sports didn't give us anyone specific. Hmmmm.... my guesses would be Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Larish, Bobby Scales. I guess I have a bit of a bias for guys I've seen in the Major Leagues, specifically those who have come through the Bay Area.
  • Nikkan Sports also reports that Lotte is also in the market for an outfielder, and were specifically going after John Bowker, but hadn't been able to close out a deal as of the 11th. Bowker is a good pick, another guy with player plenty of 3A experience, but little MLB success. Lotte commenter Chris Jackson gave us a heads up on Lotte's scouting activities a couple weeks ago.

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