US media: Japan right-hander Fujinami agrees to 1-year deal with Athletics

US media have reported that Japanese professional baseball pitcher Fujinami Shintaro has agreed to a one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

ESPN and others reported that the 28-year-old right-hander of Japan's Hanshin Tigers agreed on Wednesday to join the Major League team through the posting system.

Fujinami spent 10 seasons with the Tigers, the final 2 as a starting pitcher. Last season he had 3 wins and 5 losses, with an earned run average of 3.38.

The media say Fujinami will undergo physical checkups before sealing an official deal. He is expected to join the A's starting rotation.

The team, based in Oakland, California, belongs to the western division of the American League, as do the Los Angeles Angels, the team of Japanese two-way star Ohtani Shohei.

The A's finished at the bottom of the division last season with 60 wins and 102 losses.

The team aims to advance to the playoffs for the first time in 3 years this upcoming season, and will face the Angels in Oakland on MLB's opening day, March 30.