Right-handed pitcher Arihara returns to Nippon Professional Baseball with a 3-year contract with Softbank

Right-handed pitcher Kohei Arihara (31) completed the process of returning to Nippon Professional Baseball by signing with the Softbank Hawks.

Softbank announced the contract with Arihara on the 10th.

Although the club did not disclose details, Japanese media such as Kyodo News said, “Arihara signed a contract with Softbank for 3 years and 1.2 billion yen (approximately 11.32 billion won).”

In December 2020, Arihara fulfilled her dream of becoming a big leaguer by signing a two-year contract with the Texas Rangers for a total of $6.25 million.메이저사이트

However, he was plagued by a shoulder injury and went 3-7 with a 7.57 earned run average in 15 games (14 starts) in the major leagues over two years.

In 2021, it also influenced the entry of Yang Hyeon-jong (now KIA Tigers) into the big league roster.

Arihara chose to return to Japan after his two-year contract with Texas was over, and Softbank, which had a gap in the starting lineup due to Senga Godai (New York Mets)’s advancement to the major leagues, successfully recruited Arihara.

Arihara, who went 60-50 with a 3.74 ERA with the Nippon Ham Fighters before signing with Texas, will return to the Japanese professional baseball mound three years after 2020.

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