Kazuhisa Makita, Padres Reportedly Agree to 2-Year, $4 Million Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2018

Japan's closer Kazuhisa Makita delivers a pitch against the Netherlands in the 11th inning of their second round game at the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Japan won 8-6. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
Toru Takahashi/Associated Press

The San Diego Padres and Japanese pitcher Kazuhisa Makita have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract. 

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Makita's deal with the Padres will pay him around $4 million total. 

Makita has pitched for Seibu Lions in the Pacific League since 2011. The 33-year-old has been used exclusively as a reliever over the past two seasons after alternating between the starting rotation and bullpen from 2011-15. 

Per MLB.com's Joe Trezza, Makita's success stems from a deceptive submarine delivery, with a fastball that will touch 85 mph, a curveball and a slider in his repertoire. 

Makita has been terrific throughout his career at keeping the ball in the park. He has only allowed 46 home runs in 921.1 innings with a 2.83 career ERA. 

In 62.2 innings last season, the right-hander had a 2.30 ERA with 59 hits allowed, 35 strikeouts and five walks. 

The Padres will use Makita as depth in a bullpen that already includes All-Star closer Brad Hand and Kirby Yates. 

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