Now Commenting On:

Angels ink Japanese reliever Kobayashi to Minors deal


The Angels have agreed to terms with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi on a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite.

Kobayashi has posted a 3.53 ERA through 12 seasons in Japan. After seven years as a full-time starter, the 34-year-old right-hander was moved to the Chiba Lotte Marines' bullpen in 2010 and thrived, posting a 2.21 ERA and 29 saves.

After not securing a Major League deal, Kobayashi moved to the Hanshin Tigers in 2011 and posted a 3.00 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39 innings, then spent the 2012 season pitching in Japan's Industrial League.

The Kobayashi signing comes a day after the team signed veteran infielder Bill Hall to a Minor League deal, putting its list of camp invites at 64.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español