[12/20/2017] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Leonel Campos

The Hiroshima Carp announced today that they reached an agreement with thirty-year-old pitcher Leonel Campos. He was assigned the uniform number 70. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a deal worth 400,000 US dollars plus incentives, plus a signing bonus of 250,000 US dollars.

Source: Hiroshima 12/20/2017, Nikkan Sports 12/20/2017

Comment on "[12/20/2017] Hiroshima Carp reach agreement with Leonel Campos"

  • Burly

    I only rarely fail to be impressed with the way NPB teams now identify the MLB-system players they want to sign. Or, at least, they identify a lot of the kinds of players I would want to sign if I were an NPB general manager.

    NPB teams now seem heavily focused on MLB-system relief pitchers, because of the success the Hanshin Tigers and the Yomiuri Giants in particular have had with their foreign bullpenners. Also, there are more good relief pitchers who can’t secure MLB major league contracts than at any other position. Also, the NPB salary scale, where top relief pitchers are relatively highly valued, makes for better contracts for relievers than they could possibly get in the MLB-system.

    It remains to be seen whether Leonel Campos can be a success in Japan, but he certainly seems to be the right kind of player for an NPB team to take a chance on.

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