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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Reliever Dohmann heads to Japan

By Jerry Crasnick
ESPN.com

Reliever Scott Dohmann became the fourth big league pitcher to sign a deal with a Japanese club this offseason, reaching agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $650,000 contract with the Hiroshima Carp.

The contract includes incentives that could bring the overall value to almost $1 million.

Dohmann, 30, has a 9-8 record in 164 career appearances with Colorado, Kansas City and Tampa Bay. He beat out Grant Balfour in spring training for a spot in the Tampa Bay bullpen, but lost his roster spot when Al Reyes came off the disabled list in May. In 33 appearances with Triple-A Durham, Dohmann posted a 3.46 ERA and saved 20 games.

"He's at that juncture of his career where a lot of players have to make a decision based on finances and opportunity,'' said Darek Braunecker, Dohmann's agent. "This is a chance for him to not only make some money, but to re-establish his value in the [United] States.''

Dohmann joins the Yankees' Darrell Rasner, Texas' Kameron Loe and Cleveland's Tom Mastny on the list of pitchers who've left the U.S. for Japan this winter. Outfielder Kevin Mench also signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan two weeks ago.

Jerry Crasnick covers Major League Baseball for ESPN.com.