NPB news for July 14, 2019

Marines sign speedy outfielder Martin

The Pacific League’s Lotte Marines have signed 31-year-old outfielder Leonys Martin following his release in June by the Cleveland Indians, the Pacific League club said Sunday.

The contract is reportedly worth $300,000. Over his past three big league seasons, Martin has posted a .290 on base percentage and has gone 18-for-31 as a base stealer.

The Marines, in their second year under former major leaguer Tadahito Iguchi, are fifth in the PL, 8-1/2 games back of the league-leading SoftBank Hawks, but only four games separate the second-place Nippon Ham Fighters from the last-place Orix Buffaloes.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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