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Yakult Swallows sign Wladimir Balentien to 1 yr deal worth 65M yen

by on Nov.18, 2010 @ 10:33 am, under NPB

10:22pm JST

Jiji Press reports that the agreement is a 1-year deal worth 65M yen plus incentives.

9:02pm JST

The Swallows announced today that they managed to sign Balentien.

10:33am JST

The Yakult Swallows are apparently interested in 26-year-old outfielder Wladimir Balentien.

Balentien got his start in the Majors when the Mariners signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2000.  He got his first cup of tea in 2007 and was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2009.

The Swallows see Balentien as someone that can help provide the line-up with some pop.

2010 Season and Career Stats

YR TM Lvl G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP IBB SH SV GIDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2010 CIN AAA 116 401 71 113 23 2 25 78 37 85 12 1 2 1 1 11 10 .282 .337 .536 873
MLB Totals 170 511 54 113 31 1 15 52 44 149 2 2 0 2 0 4 15 .221 .281 .374 655
MiLB Totals 682 2532 435 695 153 23 147 495 264 681 68 22 24 11 9 40 59 .274 .344 .527 871

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