The Softbank Hawks announced earlier today that they finalized an agreement with twenty-nine-year-old pitcher Rick VandenHurk. He was assigned the number forty-four. The Hawks released the following statement from VandenHurk:
I am honored and happy for this opportunity to sign a contract with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and become a member of a with so much success. The Hawks placed a large amount of trust in me with this contract and for that I am grateful. My goal is to help this team win another championship by playing hard and doing my absolute best. I am excited and looking forward to working toward a 2015 NPB championship together with the manager, coaches, players, staff, and fans.
[UPDATE 12/27 @ 3:36am]
According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal worth an estimated 300 million yen.
Source: Sanspo 12/26/2014