Arihara signs 2-year contract with Rangers

In Major League Baseball, the Texas Rangers have signed Japanese pitcher Arihara Kohei on a two-year contract.

The Rangers made the announcement on Saturday, the final day of the 30-day period to reach an agreement in the posting system.

Arihara joined the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan's Pacific League in 2015. He was picked as the league's Rookie of the Year with eight wins. In 2019, he led the League for the most wins with 15.

The 28-year-old right-hander had been seeking to move to the majors after the 2020 season.

The two-year contract is worth 6.2 million dollars, with an additional 1.24 million dollars to be paid to the Fighters as a posting fee.

Arihara said in a statement that he is extremely grateful to the Rangers for giving him the opportunity to play in Major League Baseball. He said he will continue to work hard to grow and succeed. Arihara added that he is truly excited to be able to pitch in front of the Rangers' fans at their home field.