Travis Blackley signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

They may be losing Masahiro Tanaka but the Rakuten Golden Eagles are getting Travis Blackley.

It’s not exactly even but the Golden Eagles have signed the left handed Blackey to a one-year deal worth 200 million yen. (roughly $1.91 million USD)

Blackey pitched for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers in 2013 compiling a 4.83 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 50 1/3 innings of work.

Once a top prospect out of the Seattle Mariners organization Blackley dealt with arm injuries and had a poor additude early in his career. He eventually has been able to carve out a role as a middle reliever on multiple teams. Had Blackey elected to stay stateside he would have to of settled for a minor league contract.

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