Ryan Spilborghs signs with Japanese team

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After spending last season in the minors veteran outfielder Ryan Spilborghs is headed to Japan.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Spilborghs has signed with the Seibu Lions, agreeing to a one-year deal.

Spilborghs played six seasons for the Rockies as a part-timer, hitting .272 with a .768 OPS while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field home. He was struck at Triple-A all year, playing for the Indians’ and Rangers’ affiliates while hitting .288 with nine homers and a .774 OPS.

At age 33 he was likely looking at minor-league offers again for 2013, so Spilborghs chose more money and more playing time in Japan.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.