Dodgers Elian Herrera signs with NPB Yokohama DeNA Baystars

(Translated, via JP Sanspo.com.)

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Dodgers Elian Herrera and Yokohama DeNA.

Update: via news/media outlet JP Sponichi, the deal is said to be worth at least 80 million Yen for Elian Herrera, will join the team sometime this week.

LA Dodgers minor league infielder, Elian Herrera (31 years old), was released by his team just yesterday (May 14th) for him to have a chance to play for a team in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan… That team will be the Yokohama DeNA Baystars, of the NPB Central League, with former Major League player Alex Ramirez as the new skipper leading the team this season. It is said to be on a one-year deal for Herrera, as the official announcement will soon be expected… In Herrera’s 223 games played at the Major league level, he owns a batting line of .253/.306/.360/.666 with 8 homers and 55 RBI’s.

Prior of his release, Herrera played for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers this season, he played in 28 games (101 at-bats), while having a batting line of .218/.308/.238/.545 with no homeruns and 10 RBI’s… He owns a batting average of .289 throughout his minor league career.

Originally, Oakland A’s Matt McBride was supposed to be Yokohama’s original target, but after the deal broke down due to his late April call-up in the Major leagues, DeNA was forced to look for available options elsewhere, from McBride and Braves minor leaguer Tyler Moore (scrapped due to injury), to lastly, Dodgers Elian Herrera.

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