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Indians agree to contract with Japanese pitcher Kobayashi

Updated: November 20, 2007, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Not to be confused with his hot dog-chomping countryman, this Kobayashi might make late innings easier to stomach for the Cleveland Indians.

Looking to strengthen the back end of their bullpen and add insurance for closer Joe Borowski, the Indians signed Japanese free agent Masahide Kobayashi to a $6.25 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.

The deal includes a $3.25 million club option for 2010 with a $250,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old Kobayashi spent the past nine ...

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