The kotatsu league: Tigers set deadline for Johnson decision

The Hanshin Tigers have set a Dec. 12 deadline — the final day of the baseball winter meetings in San Diego to decide on whether to try and bring back reliever Pierce Johnson or pursue other options, the Hochi Shimbun reported Sunday.

A collection of Pierce Johnson’s curves and strikeouts.

The 28-year-old right-hander was one of the Central League’s premier middle relievers in his 2019 debut Japan season.

Tigers officials are now in the U.S. to try and iron out agreements with Johnson and fellow right-hander Rafael Dolis.

And a collection of Dolis’ 2019 strikeouts.

Jim Allen

sports editor for a wire service in Tokyo

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