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Boston Red Sox to sign Itsuki Shoda to a minor league deal

by on Feb.12, 2011 @ 12:27 pm, under NPB

According to Nikkan Sports, the Boston Red Sox will be signing 29-year-old LHP Itsuki Shoda to a minor league deal.

Shoda was the first round draft pick for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 1999.  While Shoda won the Rookie of the Year award in 2002, he never really managed to find success with the Fighters and was ultimately traded to the Hanshin Tigers in 2007 after failing to make it to the active roster two seasons in a row.

Things didn't get much better for Shoda in the Tigers organization and he was released on 10/2/2008.  He attended the 12-team tryouts that year, but could not find any interested clubs in Japan.  He did, however, manage to find a job with the Sinon Bulls of the CPBL and spent the last two seasons with them.

Career Stats

YR TM G GS CG ShO W L Sv HLD WPCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
2000 HAM 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- 32 6.0 11 0 3 0 0 4 0 0 3 3 4.50 2.33
2001 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -- -- 14 2.0 1 1 6 0 0 3 0 0 3 2 9.00 3.50
2002 23 23 5 2 9 11 0 -- .450 639 156.2 145 12 37 0 6 90 6 3 66 60 3.45 1.17
2003 26 26 1 1 5 15 0 -- .250 604 134.0 152 21 66 0 5 60 7 0 94 86 5.78 1.63
2004 17 17 0 0 8 5 0 -- .615 411 86.1 102 10 57 0 2 51 4 0 64 48 5.00 1.85
2005 12 12 0 0 2 6 0 0 .250 288 60.1 79 8 36 0 0 31 5 0 49 42 6.27 1.91
2009 SIN 27 25 3 0 14 6 0 0 .700 687 158.0 191 10 36 0 2 115 4 0 87 78 4.44 1.44
2010 32 24 1 0 11 5 0 1 .688 693 166.1 167 9 33 2 5 116 3 0 65 52 2.81 1.24
NPB 84 79 6 3 24 37 0 0 .393 1988 445.1 490 52 205 0 13 239 22 3 279 241 4.87 1.56
CPBL 59 49 4 0 25 11 0 1 .694 1380 324.1 358 19 69 2 7 231 7 0 152 130 3.60 1.34