Hiroshima Carp Sign John Bale

Lefty John Bale signed with the Hiroshima Carp, reports Kyodo News.  Bale will earn about $109K for the Carp in 2010.  He spent three years with the club prior to his two-year, $4MM deal with the Royals signed in December of '06.

Bale, 36 in May, posted a 5.72 ERA in 28.3 innings for the Royals last year.  He dealt with a hyperactive thyroid and a hamstring injury, and was released a few days before the non-tender deadline.

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