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Swallows to send Kawamoto to Marines for Masahiko Tanaka

by on Mar.25, 2013 @ 2:07 pm, under NPB

The Yakult Swallows and the Chiba Lotte Marines have agreed to a one-to-one trade that will send Ryohei Kawamoto (30) to Lotte for Masahiko Tanaka (31).  Both players are back-up catchers.  The two teams are hoping a change of environment will be good for the players.

Source: official announcement (Yakult), official announcement (Lotte), Sanspo 3/25/2013

UPDATE 3/26/2013 @ 6:01pm -

The Swallows held a press conference for Tanaka today.  He was assigned the number twenty-eight.

Source: official announcement

The Marines held a press conference for Kawamoto today.  He was assigned the number thirty-nine.

Source: official announcement

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Ryohei Kawamoto Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 Yakult 51 166 144 22 30 3 2 7 58 19 6 0 3 2 14 0 3 38 1 .208 .288 .403 .691
2008 Yakult 65 176 154 18 39 12 1 2 59 21 0 1 3 2 12 1 5 50 6 .253 .324 .383 .707
2009 Yakult 39 73 66 8 13 1 0 3 23 9 0 0 2 0 4 0 1 15 3 .197 .254 .348 .602
2010 Yakult 42 88 79 9 15 3 0 2 24 9 1 1 0 2 6 0 1 18 2 .190 .250 .304 .554
2011 Yakult 42 83 75 7 13 1 1 2 22 4 1 0 1 0 5 0 2 23 0 .173 .244 .293 .537
2012 Yakult 27 47 43 4 11 2 0 1 16 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 13 1 .256 .319 .372 .691
  266 633 561 68 121 22 4 17 202 66 8 3 9 6 44 2 13 157 13 .216 .285 .360 .645

Masahiko Tanaka Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 Lotte 14 19 16 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 0 .063 .118 .063 .180
2008 Lotte 45 73 66 8 17 2 0 0 19 5 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 13 0 .258 .310 .288 .598
2009 Lotte 41 75 64 13 17 3 0 1 23 8 6 1 4 2 5 0 0 17 1 .266 .310 .359 .669
2010 Lotte 11 6 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
2011 Lotte 30 72 67 5 14 4 0 0 18 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 16 1 .209 .243 .269 .512
2012 Lotte 50 95 83 10 17 2 0 0 19 8 1 0 4 0 7 1 1 17 2 .205 .275 .229 .504
  191 340 302 43 66 11 0 1 80 24 9 1 14 2 21 1 1 72 5 .219 .270 .265 .537