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Yakult Swallows: foreign players aren’t allowed to sign with other domestic teams

by on Jul.05, 2011 @ 1:22 pm, under NPB

Sponichi reports that the Yakult Swallows have started including clauses in their contracts with foreign players that restricts them from signing with other domestic teams unless they've been released by the club.  That means they can't lose Wladimir Balentien to another domestic team so long as they don't release him.

Losing foreign players to other teams has been something of a sore sport for the Swallows, especially after they lost both Alex Ramirez and Seth Greisinger to the Yomiuri Giants after the 2007 season.

The last foreign player the Swallows signed that doesn't have this clause in their contract is Chang-Yong Lim.