Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Import Report: Bulls

Here are the imports who will take to the field for the Sinon Bulls this season:

Wilton Veras: Veras has the most CPBL experience of any import this season. His first stint in the league came in 2005 with the Macoto Cobras. The third basemen spent the next two seasons in the Independent League before returning to Taiwan and playing for the China Trust Whales in 2008. After the Whales went belly-up, the Bulls became Veras' third CPBL team. He played in every game last season, hitting for a .360 average.

Veras also spent parts of the 1999 and 2000 seasons in the majors, playing for the Boston Red Sox.

Itsuki Shoda : Shoda spent five seasons in his native Japan before joining the Bulls last season. The former Nippon Ham fighter went 14-6 in 2009, posting an ERA of 4.44.

Shingo Takatsu: Takatsu has accomplished quite a bit in his long career as a closer. Known as Mr. Zero in Japan (for not allowing any runs in 11 Japan Series appearances) he has pitched in 15 NPB seasons (Yakult Swallows), 2 seasons in MLB (White Sox and Mets) and one season in Korea's KBO (Woori Heroes). The Bulls clearly feel the 41 year old still has something left in the tank as they've made him one of the league highest paid players.

Sendy Rleal: The high point of Rleal's career came in 2006 when he made 42 appearances out of the bullpen for the Baltimore Orioles. Since then he's spent most of his time in the Independent League, most recently with the Newark Bears.

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