The name Kobayashi may sound familiar to you, but the Tribe did not sign THIS one:
They signed THIS one:
According to the Indians web site, Shapiro said, "The signing of Masa Kobayashi marks the first contract ever signed by a Japanese professional baseball player into the Cleveland Indians franchise and, more importantly, accomplishes one of our primary off-season goals of adding depth to the back-end of our bullpen."
Let's hope that breaking this "new" ground helps us back to the ALDS, ALCS, and ultimately, the WS! :-)