Alfredo Figaro gets release from Japanese team, signs with Brewers

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Back in December the Brewers signed right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a minor-league deal, except it turned out he was still under contract with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

So they put things on hold and his agent negotiated a release from Orix, which finally happened officially today as the Brewers announced the signing.

Figaro, who pitched briefly in the majors for the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, gets an invitation to spring training as part of the minor-league deal. In two seasons with Orix the 28-year-old right-hander threw 188 innings with a 3.31 ERA and 127/55 K/BB ratio.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.