Left-hander Adam Conley has agreed to a deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to SportsGrid’s Craig Mish (via Twitter). Talks between Conley and the Eagles were first reported by Sponichi Annex two weeks ago.
Once a promising starter in the Marlins rotation, Conley struggled in 2018 but seemed to again turn a corner after taking on a full-time relief role in 2018. In 2019, however, Conley posted a 6.53 ERA over 60 2/3 innings and was hit hard by both right-handed and left-handed batters.
Conley didn’t make any appearances for the Marlins this past season, as he was placed on the injured list for unspecified reasons (though it was around the time of the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak) and was then outrighted off the 40-man roster in September. After opting to become a free agent, the 30-year-old southpaw will now head to Japan for a new chapter of his career.