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Yakult Swallows sign Tony Barnette to 1-year deal

by on Jan.07, 2010 @ 1:47 pm, under NPB

The Yakult Swallows have set their sites on 26-year-old right-handed pitcher Tony Barnette.

Only two pitchers ended the 2009 season with double-digit wins.  The Swallows feel Barnette can give the starting rotation a much needed boost.

2009 Season

Tm Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
ARI AAA 14 8 5.79 29 29 0 0 0 0 164.2 185 107 106 24 62 121 3 1.50

Career Totals

Lvl W L ERA G GS CG SH GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WP WHIP
MiLB 39 27 4.37 97 96 1 0 1 1 554.2 569 292 269 61 152 436 14 1.30

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=== UPDATE 7:03pm JST

The Swallows have signed Barnette to 1-year deal worth 50M yen ($500,000) plus incentives.

=== UPDATE 1/8/2010 10:32am JST

Sanspo is reporting that the contract is worth 37.2M yen ($400,000) plus incentives.  It seems Barnette has also been assigned the number 64.

Barnette throws a fastball that tops out at 151km/h, a curve, slider, change, and sinker.

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