Brandon Dickson writing a new career chapter

According to a report, pitcher Brandon Dickson will be removed from the St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster and will sign to play in Japan.

Right-handed pitcher Brandon Dickson will be removed from the St. Louis Cardinals 40-man roster and will sign with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan shortly after, reports FOX Sports Midwest's B.J. Rains.

Like all MLB clubs, St. Louis has until Tuesday, November 20 to settle its roster in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. The annual player disbursement process will be held on December 6 in Nashville in conjunction with Baseball's Winter Meetings.

Dickson, 28, signed with the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in 2006 and first reached the majors with St. Louis in July 2011. The dependable right-hander made at least 20 starts in all six of his full-seasons in the minor leagues, including an average of 25 over the last three summers with Triple-A Memphis.

With the Redbirds, Dickson logged a 3.59 ERA, but only a 24-28 record due to spotty run support. The Alabama native struck out 365 and walked 112 in 465 2/3 Pacific Coast League innings. He led the club in innings pitched in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Dickson was named The Cardinal Nation Memphis Starting Pitcher of the Year all three seasons and was our system-wide Pitcher of the Year in 2010. He was an all-star three times – in the Midwest League in 2007 and in the PCL in both 2010 and 2012.

Despite his consistent success in Triple-A, Dickson could not make the final step for good. He received three brief trials with St. Louis, in July and September 2011 and this August, but was not recalled for the final month push this season. Dickson finishes his Cardinals time having appeared in eight MLB games, including one start. Over 14 2/3 innings, his ERA was 4.91.

Likely, the Cardinals plan to use Dickson's 40-man roster spot on a younger, rising prospect such as Eric Fornataro or Kevin Siegrist.

Orix, his new home, may best be known as Ichiro Suzuki's club before he came to play in the USA. His one-time teammate So Taguchi returned to the team following his US career, which included seven years with the Cardinals (2002-07). Taguchi retired from the Buffaloes this July.

Dickson is preparing to take a path blazed by his former Memphis teammate Evan MacLane. The latter has pitched for the Buffaloes in each of the last two seasons following his time in Memphis' rotation and a brief cup of coffee with St. Louis in 2010.

Update: This move was made official on November 19.

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