At one point in time, former Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chris Narveson looked to be starting a promising young career, but now, his journey is carrying him across the pond.
LHP Chris Narveson signs with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan, according to the Japan Times.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 26, 2013
Narveson has signed a 1-year, $850,000 contract with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (according to multiple outlets), and to be fair, that probably is more money than he would have received anywhere in the United States. The now 30-year-old lefty achieved more than 1.5 WAR in back-to-back seasons with Milwaukee in 2010 and 2011, when he threw over 160 innings with solid strikeout numbers in both years, but since then, it’s been ugly for him.
Injuries have set back his career since then, allowing him to only throw 77 Minor League and 11 Major League innings over 2 seasons, and with his status as a free agent, he seemingly grabbed the guaranteed money. At the relatively young age of 30, it would be borderline irresponsible to suggest that Narveson was done as a Major Leaguer forever, but unless he can regain the magic that saw him be a semi-successful starter in the NL, memories of the 2010-2011 stint in Milwaukee could be his lasting legacy.