Well, I've been following the CWS closer situation for a while. I'm the brave one in the league who goes through the mess.
Last year I had the Gordon/Marte committee.
This year, I started off with Marte and Koch, then dropped Koch in favor of LaTroy Hawkins a few weeks ago (it's paid off now y'all!). I got Marte again with a high waiver priority in preseason and have been waiting ever since. Takatsu got mashed in spring training, so I thought I would finally be getting some Marte saves. Guess not.
On top of that, Damaso's my favorite MLB player, so I really can't let him go.
It's not personal, Shingo, it's just that you're in the way.
CWS doesn't have a big Japanese "market" (fanbase may be a better word), anyway (Seattle, LA). I'm surprised that a team like them got him. I heard that he was the Japanese saves leader, but many teams stayed away due to his age. Rather interesting. Since Quantrill signed with the Yankees, I thought LA might give him a shot over Duaner Sanchez or whoever they signed.