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Randy Messenger to join the Hanshin Tigers this coming week?

by on Dec.06, 2009 @ 9:36 am, under NPB

Daily Sports Online is reporting that the Hanshin Tigers will be sending someone to the US to finalize a deal with Randy Messenger.

The Tigers have apparently been exchanging e-mails and faxes with Messenger and will now send their chief of international affairs to the US sometime early this coming week to finalize negotiations.

While Messegner has spent most of his career bouncing back and forth between the Majors and Minors (173 games in the Majors and 222 gamesin the Minors), the Tigers (and Kenji Johjima) feel Messenger's skill set will translate well enough in Japan to help fill in the hole in the bullpen left by Scott Atchison's departure.

Depending on what happens to Jason Bulger and the Angels, the Tigers may still decide to move on him as well.