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[11/13/2013] Randy Messenger to return to the Hanshin Tigers

by on Nov.13, 2013 @ 2:31 pm, under NPB

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Randy Messenger has decided to return to the Hanshin Tigers.

Pitcher Randy Messenger has reached agreement on a three-year contract extension to return to the Hanshin Tigers in Japan, his agent, Matt Sosnick, confirmed Tuesday.

Sosnick declined to reveal the terms of Messenger's extension, but previous reports have said he could earn a total of $15 million -- which would place it among the largest deals ever signed by an American-born pitcher with an Asian professional team.

Source: ESPN 11/12/2013

Daily Sports is reporting that Messenger and the Tigers have pretty much agreed on a two-year deal with an option for a third year based on performance.  They also mention that the Tigers are close to finalizing a deal with Matt Murton.

Source: Daily Sports 11/13/2013

3 comments on “[11/13/2013] Randy Messenger to return to the Hanshin Tigers

    1. muratafan

      Slightly off there, but Messenger would be on par with Sugiuchi (makes sense), more than Tanaka made this year and less than Abe made ($5.7 m/year).

      Messenger is good, but I cannot believe that MLB teams would be offering $5m/year.

  1. Steve Novosel

    Messenger’s great, but top-5-highest-salaries in NPB great? Don’t know about that. Though if there’s a team that can afford to overpay, it’s Hanshin.

    Anyway it’s good to see such a quality arm back in Japan for the next few years.

    As a related note, doesn’t it seem that the quality of foreign players in Japan is really high these days? Maybe I am just being a baseball optimist but it seems like there are more strong contributors for basically every team than there’s been in previous (recent) years.

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