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The kotatsu league: Lions bag former Tiger reliever Garrett

The Seibu Lions have acquired former Detroit Tigers right-hander Reed Garret, the two-time defending Pacific League champions announced Tuesday according to Kyodo News in Japanese.

Garret pitched 15-1/3 innings for the Tigers over 13 games in 2019, but has spent most of his career in the Texas Rangers organization. He’ll turn 27 on Jan. 2. According to a Nikkan Sports report, general manager Hisanobu Watanabe wants to use the 1.88-meter, 95-kilogram Garret in a setup role.

“He imparts a lot of force on his pitches,” Watanabe said. “He has a breaking ball and a slider that drops and that he can miss bats with. He is really quick to the plate so that’s a non-issue. If possible we want to use him to get us to (closer Tatsushi) Masuda.”

If Garret is a power pitcher, as Watanabe suggests, he is one who has only struck out nine batters per nine innings once in his career, in 2014 with Double-A Frisco. Having said that, Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas learned to get strikeouts in Japan after being a pitch-to-contact guy in the States, and Watanabe – who won 125 games in NPB — knows a bit about pitching.

Garrett is the third new import the Lions have signed this winter following the acquisition of former Mariner Sean Nolin, and do-it-all utility man
Cory Spangenberg. The club is bringing back first-baseman/pinch-hitter Ernesto Mejia and right-hander Zach Neal.

The kotatsu league: Lions to bring back Mejia, sign 2 new imports

The Seibu Lions announced Friday they have reached an agreement to re-sign first baseman-pinch-hitter Ernesto Mejia on Friday and that they have also come to terms on deals with 29-year-old left-handed starter Sean Nolin and 28-year-old infielder Cory Spangenberg. In his major league career,

Spangenberg has played every position except first base and catcher, making him an obvious understudy to Japan national team utility man Shuta Tonosaki — although given the larger rosters and 12-inning limits, it is highly unlikely he’ll get to relive his two games of pitching experience from 2018.

The two-time defending Pacific League champions have also signed 31-year-old former Chunichi Dragons and Hanshin Tigers infielder Yuto Morikoshi.

Mejia (33), who lost his first base job due to the ascension of 2018 PL MVP Hotaka Yamakawa, will be entering his seventh NPB season, all with the Lions. In 2014, he joined Seibu shortly after the start of the season and tied for the league home run lead, the first time a player had done that in Japan.

His NPB player page is HERE.