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Ken Kadokura | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/29/1973
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 198
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Cubs released RHP Ken Kadokura.
Kadokura, a 35-year-old from Japan who signed a minor league deal back in January, allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings before being reassigned by the Cubs two weeks ago. He could head back to Japan or take a Triple-A contract from another team. Fri, Apr 3, 2009 02:52:00 PM

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Cubs reassigned RHP Ken Kadokura and RHP Esmailin Caridad to minor league camp.

Kadokura, who signed a minor league deal in January, gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, the 35-year-old picked a team he had no realistic chance of making out of spring training.
Thu, Mar 19, 2009 01:50:00 PM

Cubs signed Japanese free agent RHP Ken Kadokura to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Kadokura, 35, flirted with the majors back in 2006 before deciding to remain with the Yomiuri Giants for two more seasons. He throws a fastball, a splitter and a slider, but he hasn't had a good season since 2005. The Cubs will give him a chance to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.
Mon, Jan 19, 2009 04:00:00 PM

Right-hander Ken Kadokura, who earlier ths month said he had received offers from two MLB teams, has decided to remain in Japan.

"It won't be too late for me to make a shift to the majors after developing my pitching skills further," said the 33-year-old. Kadokura went 10-9 with a 4.84 ERA, 187 H and 114/51 K/BB in 154 1/3 IP for Yokohama last season.
Source: Kyodo News
Wed, Nov 29, 2006 10:35:00 AM

Japanese free agent Ken Kadokura, a 33-year-old right-hander, said Friday he has been approached by two major league teams and received a multiyear contract offer from one of them.

"The offer has an option clause attached to it and some other conditions and it's a better offer for me than the one from Yokohama," said Kadokura. "It has broadened my horizons." Kadokura added that he wasn't even thinking about jumping to MLB before the offer, but that his family is willing to move with him if he decides to go. Kadokura went 10-9 with a 4.84 ERA, 187 H and 114/51 K/BB in 154 1/3 IP for the Bay Stars last season. His best year came in 2005, when he posted a 3.37 ERA and struck out 177 in 197 2/3 innings.
Source: Kyodo News
Fri, Nov 10, 2006 10:18:00 AM

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