The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed rigthanded Japanese reliever Yoshihisa Hirano. It’s a two-year, $6 million deal.
Hirano, 33, pitched for the Orix Buffaloes for the 11 season, with an ERA of 3.10 and a K/BB ratio of 884/228 over 974.2 innings pitched. He came up as a starter but has been used exclusively in relief since 2010, closing for the Buffaloes since 2013.
Hirano will likely be a setup man for the Dbacks, as Archie Bradley is likely going to move into the closing role with the departure of Fernando Rodney. There has, however, been some discussion of the Snakes stretching Bradley out and returning him to starting duties, which is what he did before 2017. Either way — as closer or as Bradley’s setup man — Hirano will give the Dbacks a lot of flexibility and will be filling a key role in their pen in 2018.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.