Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Kohei Arihara has reached an agreement to join the Texas Rangers on a two-year contract in the range of 6 to 7.5 million dollars, the Major League Baseball official website reported on Friday.
The 28-year-old right-hander had applied for a move to the majors via the posting system after six seasons with Fighters in the Pacific League. Rangers have not yet announced the deal.
Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Kohei Arihara (R) joins outfielder Haruki Nishikawa on September 5, 2020, after leading the team to victory over the Seibu Lions in the Sapporo Dome. (Kyodo))
Arihara joined the Fighters out of Waseda University in 2015 as a top draft pick and earned this year’s rookie with eight wins and six losses.
The Hiroshima native led the PL in victories for the first time in 2019 after going career best 15-8. He went 8-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 20 games last season for the Sapporo-based Fighters, who finished fifth in the six-team PL.
Arihara is 60-50 for his career, with two saves and a 3.74 ERA over 129 games.
Rangers, formerly home to Japanese throws Yu Darvish and Koji Uehara, finished bottom of the American League West with 22 wins and 38 losses in this year’s shortened major league season.