The Padres have inked a two-year deal with submariner Kazuhisa Makita. He, along with fellow Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, were made available by their Japanese teams and were each given a 30-day window to reach deals with Major League teams … and now, Makita is a resident of the Golden State. And so is Ohtani, who joined the Angels last month.
Here's some background on with Makita's sidearm ways and more about the 33-year-old:
Makita didn't make his professional debut until he was 26, but he did post a 2.61 ERA with a 5-7 record and finished off his appearance winning the league's Rookie of the Year award. And over six seasons with the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japan Pacific League, he boasted a 2.83 ERA.
In his final season before coming to MLB, Makita finished with a 2.30 ERA recording 35 strikeouts across 62 2/3 innings.
You probably want to see that sidearm now, don't you?
And then there's this ...
He was also part of a combined no-hitter against the MLB All-Stars:
Welcome to the bigs!