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NPB Roundup 1/16: More news and notes

by on Jan.16, 2009 @ 12:13 am, under NPB

Sanspo is reporting that the Chiba Lotte Marines will not be renewing the contracts for 31-year-old infielder Jose Ortiz, 31-year-old pitcher Winston Abreu, and and 26-year-old pitcher Szu-Yu Wu.

The Chiba Lotte Marines have instead signed two infielders: 34-year-old Gary Burnham and 29-year-old Chase Lambin. Both players can play multiple positions and may be counted on as "super utility" type players.

Lambin is a switch-hitter who hit .300 with 14 homers and 54 rbis (AAA) in the Florida Marlins organization. Burnham is coming over from the Taiwan pro leagues.

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And I thought this might be of interest to Mike (front page for Nikkan Sports):

The headline along the right reads: Below Freezing. 120 Pitches. Uehara.

The words in yellow: Heating up!

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