Skip to content

Rays sign Japanese righty Uwasawa to minors deal

Yuki Taguchi / Major League Baseball / Getty

The Tampa Bay Rays signed Japanese right-hander Naoyuki Uwasawa to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, the team announced Thursday.

The 29-year-old has played 11 years in NPB, all with the Nippon-Ham Fighters. Over 225 games, Uwasawa has authored a 3.42 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 1,367 1/3 innings.

He is coming off a season during which he made 24 starts, posting a 3.49 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 170 innings.

"I'm excited to join the Rays organization and grateful for the opportunity to begin a career in Major League Baseball," Uwasawa said in a statement. "I decided to play for the Rays because the success and the rich history of pitching development really intrigued me."

Financial terms of the deal were not made available.

Daily Newsletter

Get the latest trending sports news daily in your inbox