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Diamondbacks Sign Japanese Newcomer Yoshihisa Hirano To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks made an international splash last Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $6 million deal with Japanese right-handed reliever Yoshihisa Hirano.

Hirano, 33, comes to the states after an 11-year career (since 2006, didn’t pitch in 2008) with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

“I am honored to be signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have welcomed me and my family with open arms and made us feel at home already, which is the reason I chose to sign here. My family is looking forward to starting our new life together in Arizona. I believe the D-backs are a team that can win a championship, and I hope I can help them achieve that goal,” said Hirano in a statement released by the Diamondbacks.

For the first three years of Hirano’s career as a Buffalo, he was mainly a starter (73 games, 68 starts); but has only been a relief pitcher since 2010. Since 2013, he’s been a full-time closer, recording 143 saves- including a career-high 40 in 2014 which led NPB.

After losing 2017 closer Fernando Rodney to free agency, Hirano joins Archie Bradley and newcomer/former closer Brad Boxberger as potential options at the end of a game.

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said his team is “likely done” looking for back-end relievers, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reported.

“Those would be the three guys (Boxberger, Bradley, Hirano) that I think have the ability to pitch 7-8-9 in some form or fashion. I don’t know that we’ll walk into Spring Training with a declared closer. We’ll probably save that for walking out of Spring Training. I think we have an opportunity to take a look and see what roles best fit everybody,” said Hazen.

Following Hirano’s signing, Arizona placed left-hander Henry Owens on waivers, after claiming him from the Boston Red Sox about two weeks prior.

In his 11-year career in NPB, Hirano is 48-69 with a 3.10 ERA and 156 saves. In addition, his career strikeout-per-nine ratio is 8.16 in 974 2/3 innings; however, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2010, that mark is 9.83 in 516 1/3 innings.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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