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

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

by on Jul.19, 2013 @ 5:07 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brad Mills, according to The Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley.

The Texas Rangers gave up a bit of pitching depth on Thursday by releasing major-league veteran LHP Brad Mills from his contract so that he could sign a more lucrative deal with Orix of the Japan Pacific League.

There are no reports to confirm the deal in the Japanese press so far (all the Japanese articles I have come across mention US sources).

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UPDATE @ 6:44pm -

According to a Daily Sports report, the Buffaloes have not yet officially agreed to a deal with Mills.

Source: Daily Sports 7/19/2013

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