Baseball: Hawks announce signing of former Rangers starter Arihara


The SoftBank Hawks announced the signing Tuesday of free-agent right-hander Kohei Arihara, making his return to Nippon Professional Baseball following a two-year stint with the Texas Rangers.

The 30-year-old is expected to be part of the starting rotation for the 2022 Pacific League runners-up following the departure of their former ace Kodai Senga for the New York Mets.

Arihara, who will wear the No. 17 jersey for the Hawks, will be introduced at a press conference later this month.

“I’m honored to have the chance to play for a team that aims to be the best in the world,” Arihara said in a st...

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