Baseball: SoftBank lands former Cubs right-hander Rea

Japan Series champions the SoftBank Hawks have acquired former Chicago Cubs right-hander Colin Rea, the Pacific League club said Thursday. The 196-centimeter American, who throws fastballs north of 150 kilometers per hour along with a variety of breaking balls, pitched in nine big league games last year, going 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA. The 30-year-old also played for the San Diego Padres and the Miami Marlins, going 8-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 35 major league outings from 2015. “His steadiness as a starter is appealing to us,” SoftBank General Manager Sugihiko Mikasa said of Rea, after he penned a one-y…

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