The Angels have signed 34-year old righty reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a minor league deal. He didn’t pitch at all last year. In his last six years in Japan, Kobayashi has pitched in 171 games (68 starts) and he is 26-36 with 29 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Kobayashi will be a longshot to win a spot in the Angels’ bullpen this spring.
UPDATE: (3/4/2013) – The Angels have released Hiroyuki Kobayashi.