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Bay Stars send Yoshimi to Lotte for cash

by on May.07, 2010 @ 11:36 am, under NPB

It appears the Yokohama Bay Stars have agreed to send left-handed, 31-year-old pitcher Yuji Yoshimi to the Chiba Lotte Marines in exchange of cash.  An announcement of the deal will likely be made on the 10th.

The article mentions that the Bay Stars pitching staff is starting to stabilize and that Yoshimi was no longer in their immediate plans.  Still, this deal doesn't appear to make much sense because it isn't like Yoshimi is a huge liability by being on the team.  I guess they do clear some salary (about 29M yen) by moving him, but that's about it.  (I also tend to believe that you can never have enough pitching.)

As for the Marines, they gain a left-handed pitcher without giving anyone up -- this should help bolster their pitching staff, especially with Shingo Ono and Hidetaka Kawagoe out.

Career Stats

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2001 YOK 7 0 1 0 0 0 53 10.1 15 1 7 1 4 0 0 11 11 9.58 2.13
2002 YOK 27 11 8 0 5 1 788 188.0 196 25 47 5 138 6 0 80 76 3.64 1.29
2003 YOK 17 3 10 0 0 0 392 81.2 117 25 36 0 68 2 0 82 76 8.38 1.87
2004 YOK 22 7 5 0 1 1 464 106.0 114 21 35 6 70 7 0 65 62 5.26 1.41
2005 YOK 12 4 2 0 0 0 256 59.2 57 6 22 0 30 0 0 31 28 4.22 1.32
2006 YOK 17 2 9 0 2 0 441 103.1 108 15 32 2 78 1 1 60 50 4.35 1.35
2007 YOK 38 3 4 0 1 1 440 97.0 118 9 34 9 62 3 1 48 46 4.27 1.57
2008 YOK 41 3 6 0 1 0 380 86.2 96 15 28 6 56 2 0 51 51 5.30 1.43
2009 YOK 27 3 4 0 0 0 383 88.1 93 11 28 4 73 3 0 46 42 4.28 1.37
2010 YOK 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1.1 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 27.00 4.50
Totals 209 36 49 0 10 3 3606 822.1 919 128 270 33 579 24 2 478 446 4.88 1.45

One comment on “Bay Stars send Yoshimi to Lotte for cash

  1. Steve

    I like it – you not only can never have enough pitching, you really can never have enough left-handed pitching. He’s a younger upgrade over Kawagoe as well.

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