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[7/21/2013] Orix Buffaloes announce additions of Jose Fernandez, Brad Mills

by on Jul.21, 2013 @ 3:27 pm, under NPB

The Orix Buffaloes announced the addition of Jose Fernandez (38) and Brad Mills (28) today.  Fernandez has been assigned the number forty-four; Mills the number forty.

With Fernandez, the Buffaloes add a veteran player with experience in the NPB that no longer counts against the foreign player cap.  Mills provides the team with another left-handed arm that can also start game.

"We wanted another left-handed starter.  [Mills] is a clever finesse-type pitcher.  We feel he will translate well in Japan.  Fernandez can get hits in key situations and does not strike out a lot.  He still also very strong.  We are doing our best [to improve] before the end of July," said team official Yoshio Murayama.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/21/2013

UPDATED @ 4:46pm -

Both players were signed to contracts worth an estimated fifteen million yen, through to the end of the season.

Source: Daily Sports 7/21/2013

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See also:

[7/19/2013] Orix Buffaloes have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brad Mills

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Jose Fernandez Career NPB Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2003 Lotte 126 537 478 83 145 30 1 32 273 100 4 5 0 2 54 3 106 16 .303 .376 .571 .947
2004 Seibu 131 580 513 87 146 23 1 33 270 94 5 1 0 6 53 8 117 9 .285 .361 .526 .887
2005 Seibu 120 473 420 60 123 26 1 26 229 84 5 1 0 3 46 4 91 12 .293 .366 .545 .911
2006 Rakuten 132 552 490 72 148 33 0 28 265 88 2 0 0 6 53 3 75 18 .302 .370 .541 .911
2007 Rakuten 132 502 444 52 120 15 1 22 203 79 8 7 0 4 49 5 94 16 .270 .347 .457 .804
2008 Rakuten 142 606 541 81 163 40 0 18 257 99 5 3 0 5 53 7 78 12 .301 .368 .475 .843
2009 Orix 117 447 410 43 107 21 0 15 173 47 4 0 0 2 31 4 71 15 .261 .318 .422 .740
2010 Seibu 57 243 221 28 75 11 0 11 119 45 1 0 0 3 17 2 26 8 .339 .387 .538 .925
2011 Seibu 142 577 529 49 137 21 0 17 209 81 3 3 0 7 39 2 84 19 .259 .308 .395 .704
2012 Rakuten 129 489 440 30 107 19 1 3 137 51 2 3 0 3 44 2 67 11 .243 .313 .311 .626
  1228 5006 4486 585 1271 239 5 205 2135 768 39 23 0 41 439 40 809 136 .283 .350 .476 .828