Detroit Tigers minor league player (position: DH), Dean Green, 26, signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, of the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) Central league. Via link, the contract details for Green was said to be on a one-year deal worth an estimated annual salary of 50 million Yen (464,000 USD), he will wear also the jersey number 40.
Playing with no DH rule in the Central league, Dean Green will most likely be used as a first baseman, or left field option for the team next season, as the Swallows are leaning towards parting ways with their veteran left fielder, Wladimir Balentien.
Dean Green posted solid numbers this 2016 season (Toledo AAA/Erie AA), owning a batting line of .296/.356/.500 with 23 homeruns and 108 RBI’s, overall. He’s a career .306/.371/.479 hitter in the minor leagues.