Yesterday, the Dodgers signed Japanese pitcher Takumi Numata to a minor-league contract. The 19-year-old who reportedly throws a 92-93 mph fastball was expected to join the Instructional League team in Arizona.

However, it was reported today that the Japanese Amateur Baseball Association could pose a problem in finalizing the contract. According to an official, no MLB team was allowed to sign Numata to a contract since there was no paperwork and he could not be drafted by an NPB team.

There are no updates at this time regarding if the Japanese Amateur Baseball Association will allow the Dodgers to sign the 19-year-old pitcher. It’ll be interesting to see what the JABA has to say as a resolution could be coming in the foreseeable future since Instructional League starts around now.

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Dodgers Decide To Activate Matt Kemp [LA Times]

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Mariano Rivera Is Alex Rodriguez’s Role Model [HardballTalk]


In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp returning to the lineup.

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