Rangers Interested in Another Reliever from Japan

The Texas Rangers already dug into the Japanese leagues to find one relief pitcher this offseason, as they signed Tony Barnette to a contract this winter after he spent six seasons in Japan as a lockdown closer.

Now, they're at it again, perhaps.

This time, the Rangers are showing some interest in Japanese reliever Yuhei Nakaushiro, a sidearm lefty who seems to be kind of a bit but could be an option for the club from the left side out of their right-hand tipping bullpen that could be one of the game's best.

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The Rangers, according to the Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley, are just one of the teams interested in Nakaushiro, most likely on a minor-league deal. He wasn't dominant in Japan and has battled injuries, but the Rangers along with the Phillies and Diamondbacks have shown interest in him.

In his 30 1/3 innings a year ago in Japan's Eastern League, he had 31 strikeouts and 20 walks while allowing 29 hits.

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