The Yakult Swallows are keeping an eye on their old closer, thirty-three-year-old Tony Barnette. He spent six years in the Yakult organization before he returned to the United States and signed with the Texas Rangers after the 2015 season. Barnette recently became a free agent when the Rangers declined his team option.
The Swallows cannot compete financially with other MLB teams, but may be interested if he is open to returning to Japan.
Source: Daily Sports 11/8/2017