The Red Sox are reportedly close to signing Hayato Doue, catcher for the Kagawa Olive Guyners. The 25 year old “defensive firearm” was the second-half MVP of the Shikoku Island League (a Japanese independent league) in 2007. In 298 at-bats last year, he hit .322 with 7 homers, 50 rbi, 54 walks, and 10 stolen bases. His defensive skills, as well as proficient hitting and speed on the basepaths would make him a solid long-term pickup for the Sox.
His last name is pronounced “doe-oo-ay”, by the way.
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