The kotatsu league: Swallows to sign Ynoa

The Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League announced Thursday they had reached an agreement with 26-year-old right-hander Gabriel Ynoa, who had opted for his release from the Baltimore Orioles rather than accept a Triple-A assignment.

According to Kyodo News, the deal is for one year and estimated at 60 million yen (roughly $550,000). The native of the Dominican Republic has struck out six batters per nine innings in 163-2/3 major league innings, while allowing 34 home runs and will be moving to one of Japan’s best home run parks.

The Kyodo News Japanese language story is here.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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