San Diego Padres agree to deals with pair of strong relievers

Padres agree to deal with Kazuhisa Makita and Craig Stammen

Kazuhisa Makita

Kazuhisa Makita | AP

The Padres emerged as the strong favorite to sign Japanese pitcher Kazuhisa Makita, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports and later by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. 

And according to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, the Padres and Makita have already reached a deal for two-year deal for around $4 million dollar deal.

Makita, 33, possesses a distinct submarine delivery and posted a 2.30 ERA over 58 relief appearances for the Seibu Lions of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league in 2017.

Makita, known for his prowess at inducing ground balls, owns a career 53-49 record and 2.83 ERA over seven seasons with the Lions.

Makita will go through the same posting system ratified with NPB that applied to two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani before he signed with the Angels in December. Makita transitioned to the bullpen full time in 2016 and has posted a 1.91 ERA over 108 appearances over the last two seasons.

Makita relies on eliciting poor contact, as his rate of 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 2017 would have ranked fourth lowest among qualified MLB relievers.

San Diego also appears to be on the verge of re-signing reliever Craig Stammen, as MLB Network insider Jon Heyman tweeted on Friday that the Padres have agreed with the right-hander to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.

Stammen posted a 3.14 ERA over 80 1/3 innings with San Diego in 2017, recording 74 strikeouts and 28 walks.