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Ross Ohlendorf signs with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 04: Ross Ohlendorf #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on May 4, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds defeated the Giants 7-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League. He’ll make $1.6 million and could earn an additional $400,000 in incentives.

Not a bad deal for Ohlendorf who, after being released by the Royals in spring training, posted a 4.64 ERA and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 65.2 innings with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016. He probably would’ve had to sign a minor league deal if he wanted to pitch in the United States this year and, even if he made a team, would probably have gotten less than a $1 million deal. He made $800,000 in 2016.

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