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Rakuten Eagles sign Juan Morillo to a 1-year deal

by on Nov.18, 2009 @ 11:44 am, under NPB

It appears as though the Rakuten Eagles managed to nab Juan Morillo, a pitcher that was supposedly coveted by the Hanshin Tigers.

The Eagles are likely looking to Morillo to be their closer next season, a spot they had trouble consistently filling this past season.

My concern with Morillo would be his walk rate.  While he did manage to strike out 87 batters in 67 innings this past year at AAA, he also walked 51.  And that's pretty much been his MO thus far in his career.  Over his career, his BB9 is about over 5.6.

Baseball Cube

2009 Season

Lg Org Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
IL MIN AAA 6 6 3.90 46 0 0 0 19 5 67.0 56 30 29 1 51 87 9 1.60
AL MIN MLB 0 0 22.50 3 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 3 5 5 1 3 1 0 3.00

=== UPDATE 11/20/2009 6:50am JST

The contract is a 1-year deal worth 50M yen (the amount includes a signing bonus).  No word on his uniform number yet.

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