No D’Backs Offer To Hiroyuki Kobayashi

8:08pm: In a text to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said the Kobayashi offer was "news to me!"  (Twitter link)

7:38pm: The Diamondbacks are prepared to offer a two-year, $3MM contract to Japanese pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi, according to Sponichi (and tweeted by NPBTracker's Patrick Newman).  We heard last week that Kobyashi was leaving the Chiba Lotte Marines for the majors, and it makes sense the reliever-starved Snakes would be interested in the right-hander.

Kobayashi became a full-time reliever in 2010, and posted a 2.21 ERA and 7.82 K/9 rate for the Marines.  The 32-year-old spent his previous three seasons in the Chiba Lotte rotation, so it's possible he could also be called upon as an emergency starter.  In Newman's look at the international free agent class coming from Japan, he said "Kobayashi doesn’t have a power arm, but attacks the strike zone."


8 Responses to No D’Backs Offer To Hiroyuki Kobayashi Leave a Reply

  1. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    They must really like hot dogs…

    • thegrayrace 5 years ago

      They’ll need a lot more than hot dog eating contests to distract their fans from the awful team they’ve got on the field…

  2. jacktigers 5 years ago

    im really having trouble seeing which direction the d-backs are going towards. they want to trade pieces like theyre rebuilding, but they also want to sign people. im kinda lost here

    • DBacksFan1 5 years ago

      exactly what i was thinking.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Jack! I agree with you. Soon they are going to have too many pitchers and too little hitting.

  3. dirtydez 5 years ago

    Quality arms in the pen is what we need.

  4. jacktigers 5 years ago

    usually i would say that the gm is lying to make it sound like its fake, but with KT, well lets put it this way, he can eat a pie in one bite

  5. qudjy1 5 years ago

    “News to me”””

    AHAHAHAHA… good source there…

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