Monday, December 18, 2006

Herrera and Kuwata Officially Become Pirates

The Pirates are expected to officially announce the signings of two foreign born pitchers later today. Yuslan Herrera, 25, has signed a three-year deal worth roughly two million dollars. Herrera went 18-7 with a 3.72 ERA in Cuba before defecting in 2004. He will be invited to spring training and could compete for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation. To make room for Herrera, the Pirates will have to drop a player from their 40-man roster.

The Pirates have also agreed to terms with Japanese pitcher Masumi Kawata, 38. Kuwata spent the past 21 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants. He will turn 39 on April 1, the day before the Pirates' season-opener against Houston. Kawata is one of the top 20 strikeout pitchers in Japanese baseball history.
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