The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they selected veteran catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka (36) as part of their compensation package for losing Yasutomo Kubo to the Yokohama Bay Stars via free agency.
"We first thought about pitching, but we could not find any that were better than what we currently have. Tsuruoka is an every-day player. We now have three around the same age. Hopefully they will provide each other with motivation to do better," General Manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said.