MLB Free Agent: Rangers sign two-year contract with Japan’s Kohei Arihara – MLB Sports

The· Texas Rangers I turned to Japan again to talk to their pitching staff. The Rangers announced on Saturday that they have agreed to a two-year contract with Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters’ right-hand man Kohei Arihara.Fighters posted Arihara MLB team Last month, his 30-day negotiation period was closed on Saturday.

“Hello, everybody. Major League Baseball in the am very grateful to the Rangers for giving me the opportunity to play,” said Arihara said in a statement. “I will continue to do my best to grow and succeed in this city. To connect with this, I will have a good off-season and be able to participate in spring training at its best. I am really excited. You can now pitch in front of Rangers fans at Globe Lifefield. I hope you all support me on my journey. Thank you. “

28-year-old Arihara will earn $ 2.6 million in 2021 and $ 3.6 million in 2022. Report TR Sullivan on The Rangers also have to pay the Fighters a $ 1.24 million post fee (20 percent of his $ 6.2 million contract), so their total investment is $ 7.44 million. Arihara will be the eighth Japanese-born pitcher to play in Texas. Yu Darvish, Hideki Irabu, Koji Uehara, etc.

In part of the six seasons with the Fighters, Arihara pitched to 3.65 ERA, beating 18.2% of the batters he faced. He had the best season of 2019, scoring 2.46 ERA with 161 strikes in 1641/3 innings. Arihara was named Rookie of the Year in 2015 and is a two-time All-Star, helping the Fighters win the 2016 Japan Series. Here are his last three seasons:


122 2/3







164 1/3







132 2/3




5.5 5.5


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Arihara is a control pitcher with deep weapons rather than an overwhelming power pitcher. He also throws two-seam and four-seam fastballs, sliders and curve balls, change-ups and splitters, and cutters in the low to mid 90’s. It has a reputation for throwing anything at any time, but the splitter is considered to be Arihara’s best pitch.

Former Major League Baseball reliever Frank Herrmann, who has spent the past four years as an opponent in Arihara’s Japan, We recently provided FanGraphs’ David Laurila with the latest scout report on Arihara... Herrmann is:

“He’s a big pitcher with a fastball just above average,” said Harman, who plays for rival Chiba Lotte Marines. “Two years ago, his split finger was a plus pitch, but he rarely used it last season when it featured an average change-up. He retains velocity. [92-95] Well, even if he crosses the 100 pitch mark. He will sometimes benefit from throwing more of his fastball, as he tends to be unnecessarily heavy off-speed. I think he’s projecting as a 4/5 starter type that can give you innings and an occasional dominant start. He tends to trade good and bad months, so I’ve just seen him pretty inconsistent in my four years of playing against him. “

Arihara’s knock is his obvious out-pitch, Darvish slider-like pitch, or Masahiro Tanaka’s Splitter when they jump from Japan MLB.. The Rangers have been successful in the last few years, especially by fine-tuning pitch choices to help pitchers reach another level. Lance Lynn, And they may have adjustments in mind for Arihara.

“The addition of Kohei Arihara will increase the depth of the starting pitcher,” Rangers baseball manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. “He has been successful in Japan for the 2019 breakout season for the past six years and expects to see more in the future. The fact that he threw more than 130.0 innings in 2020 is a burden on his return home. Considering the mitigation, it’s really a plus. Starter by 60 game season.

“Our pitching coach is looking forward to working with Kohei, who is preparing for the next season,” Daniels added. “I would like to recognize and thank the Fighters for the wonderful work they have done to develop Kohei on and off the field.”

The Rangers emphasize this off-season youth.They exchanged closer with Rin Rafael MonteroAdded a young batter David dahl Nate Lowe, Shuffling the infield.. Arihara will play most of next season at 28:00 and he is a low cost, low risk gambling and upbeat. Texas pays middle relief money for potential middle-to-back rotation starters.

The club’s rotation depth chart now looks like this:

  1. RHP Kyle Gibson
  2. RHP Jordan Lyles
  3. RHP Kohei Arihara
  4. RHP Dane Dunning
  5. LHP Kolby Allard
  6. RHP Kyle Cody

In addition to Japanese stars like Darvish and Uehara, the Rangers have also signed American-born pitchers who struggled in the big league but succeeded in Japan.With Colby Lewis Chris Martin Followed that path and returned to MLB with Texas, as the Dominican left-handed and current Rangers rescuers did. Joely Rodriguez..

Arihara is one of the Asian players made available to the MLB team throughout this off-season posting process. Tomoyuki Sugano of Japanese Justice And Korean shortstop Kim Ha-seong Considered to be the most available international player this winter. Mr. Sugano’s 30-day negotiation period will end on January 7. Mr. Kim will end on January 1st.

Arihara was not included Our Top 60 Free Agent Ranking Because he hasn’t been posted yet.According to a report from Japan Red Sox And Padres He was another finalist in Arihara.

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MLB Free Agent: Rangers sign two-year contract with Japan’s Kohei Arihara

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