The Bay Stars announced on Thursday that they signed Chris Bootcheck to a 1-year deal worth 50M yen plus incentives.
Bootcheck is a 31-year-old right-handed pitcher that has spent time in the Angels' and Pirates' organzations. The Bay Stars are likely looking for Bootcheck to provide some help in the pen, possibly as the team's closer.
=== UPDATE 12/18/2009 12:43pm JST
Bootcheck was assigned the number 27.
And it looks his salary next season will be about 49.5M yen ($550,000) plus incentives.