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December 9, 2008
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Here are some additional details regarding the sale of Tom Mastny to the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan:

- Mastny is excited about the deal and feels it can help jumpstart his career which he feels had stalled last season. He feels he never got comfortable last season, and with a job up in the air in Cleveland next year and him likely on the Cleveland-Columbus shuttle all year because he has two options left, he wanted more stability and something to provide a spark to his career, and to him this was it.

- The Japanese team actually had been pursuing Mastny, and when they got wind of it Mastny and his agent pursued signing with them. Eventually, the Indians front office was brought into the mix and the Indians obliged by agreeing to send sell him to the Japanese club for cash. This deal was 100% driven by Mastny and his new team in Japan.

- Japanese clubs actually have scouts in the USA all the time scouting minor league teams and pro teams looking for potential fits and players who they deem signable. Most of the time these are players at the tailend of their major league career or players stuck in a rut with another organization on the shuttle between the big leagues and Triple-A.

- Mastny’s contract is for one year and his new club has a team option on him for 2010. After his contract is up, he is free to come back to the major leagues and sign with any team he wants.

- Japanese teams can only have a maximum of six foreign players on their roster, with a max of two pitchers and a max of four positions players.

- He is expected to move back into a starters role, which is a role he wanted to get back into after spending the last three years in the bullpen for the Indians.

- During his time in Japan, he will be afforded an interpreter much like what the Indians gave to Masa Kobayashi last year.

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