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With Yabu On Board, More Changes In Store for A's?
Although a deal with Yabu had been rumored as far back as last Thursday, the signing of the Japanese pitcher was not official until he passed a physical exam on Wednesday morning. Yabu will receive a 2005 base salary of $750,000, plus a $1.5 million option for 2006 with a $250,000 buyout of the option. Yabu will also be eligible for roughly $300,000 in performance bonuses in 2005. The team will be providing Yabu a few perks to make his transition to the United States easier. He will be accompanied by an interpreter and will also receive a housing allowance and plane tickets. A's General Manager Billy Beane said that Yabu's ability to pitch both in the rotation and in the bullpen is what made him an appealing option for the A's. "He's had a lot of success in Japan," Beane told AP reporters. "We found with a lot of the recent guys who came over [from Japan], you can really translate their performance in Japan to the United States. He also had a strong interest in coming...
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