NPB: Former Yankees reliever leaves MLB for Japan with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows they have signed the pitcher right-handed AJ Cole to a one-year deal worth approximately $ 800.4 K. Although Cole has worked almost exclusively as a reliever in recent years, the Swallows are interested in using it as a starter.

Cole, who will turn 30 in January, signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays last winter that ended up paying him a guaranteed salary of $ 1MM when the Blue Jays selected him to their active roster in May:

However, Andrew Jordan Cole, 1.96 meters tall and 108 kilos, ended up throwing only eight innings, as the strain on his neck and then an oblique strain resulted in a long stay on the disabled list.

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When Cole’s 30-day rehab stint ended, the Blue Jays opted to take him to Triple-A, and Cole spent the rest of September in the minor leagues before choosing free agency after the season. Now he’s heading to a whole new environment at NPB, with the intriguing prospect of reviving his fortune as a starting pitcher.

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I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even a friendly NBA 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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NPB: Former Yankees reliever leaves MLB for Japan with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows