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San Francisco Giants Add Bullpen Arm at Low Cost/Risk with Marc Kroon

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 7:  Marc Kroon#67 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals on March 7, 2004 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.  The Rockies won 4-1.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2011

Marc Kroon has agreed with the San Francisco Giants on a one-year deal, according to Tom Krasovic of AOL FanHouse. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.

For those of you who have never heard of this guy, Kroon was drafted by the New York Mets back in 1991. After short stints with the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies. His career ERA in Major League Baseball was 7.43.

Following the 2004 season with the Rockies, he signed with a Japanese team called the Yokohama Bay Stars, and later signed with the Yomiuri Giants following the 2007 season.

He will turn 38 by the 2011 Opening Day, but he still has been nasty overseas. Just last year, he struck out more than one batter per inning and was a star closer for the Giants (Japan).

More notably, he had set the record for the fastest pitch thrown in Japan at 101 mph.

Kroon did make some cash playing overseas—around $13 million.

This signing comes at a low price, though, and if Kroon can bring his success to San Francisco, it might just make their pitching much scarier.

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