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Reports: Diamondbacks reach 2-year deal with Yoshihisa Hirano, one of Japan's top closers

Yoshihisa Hirano has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Arizona Diamonbacks. (Getty)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year deal with Japanese relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano, according to multiple reports.

AZCentral’s Nick Piecoro has details of the deal.


Hirano, 34, has been one of Japan’s dominant closers in recent years, logging 143 saves with a 2.62 ERA and 9.4/2.4 strike-to-walk ratio per nine innings.

Arizona is in need of bullpen help, having lost 2017 closer Fernando Rodney to the Minnesota Twins via free agency. With no clear-cut closer on the roster, the Diamondbacks should look to Hirano to compete for the job.

Hirano was considered a true free agent thanks to his age and veteran status in Japanese baseball, leaving him exempt from the posting rules other Japanese players are required to follow.