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Yoshihisa Hirano
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Returns to Japan
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February 8, 2021
Hirano signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract Saturday with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, the Kyodo News reports.
ANALYSIS
Hirano had a strong debut MLB campaign with the Diamondbacks in 2018, posting a 2.44 ERA. He hasn't been the same over the last two years, struggling to a 4.96 ERA. Heading into his age-37 season, it's unsurprising to see him fail to get a sufficient offer at the highest level, so he'll return to the team for which he's spent the entirety of his 11-year NPB career.