OSAKA, Japan - After four seasons as a starter for the Hiroshima Carp, former Madison Cub right-hander Bryan Bullington has reached a deal to pitch for the Orix Buffaloes next season.

Bullington, who ended last year at Hiroshima on the injured list in the final season of his second two-year contract with the Carp, was released during the offseason and drew immediate attention from the Buffaloes and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

Orix entered negotiations with Bullington as soon as he was removed from Hiroshima's reserved list and announced a one-year contract with the 1999 Madison graduate and Indiana Mr. Baseball late last week. Bullington's contract will pay him $1.25 million for the 2015 season.

"We want Bullington to become the pillar of the rotation," said Ryuzo Setoyama, head of Orix team operations.

In four seasons in the Central League with Hiroshima, Bullington, 34, was 40-42 in 110 starts with an overall ERA of 3.25 through 684.1 innings pitched. He struck out 475 and walked 160.

Bullington posted a winning record in three of his four seasons in Hiroshima despite very little run support from the Carp. He was 13-11 in 2011, 7-14 in 2012 and 11-9 in 2013. His best ERA was 2.42 in 2011 when he pitched more than 200 innings and he posted identical 3.23 ERA seasons in 2012 and 2013.

Bullington's record dipped to 9-8 in 2014 and his ERA inflated to 4.58 late in the season as he tried to battle back from neuritis in his right ulna.

The Carp, who play their home games at Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima, finished the 2014 season third in the Central League with a 74-68-2 record and were 7.5 games behind league leader Yomiuri.

Orix, which splits its home games between the Osaka Dome and Kobe Sports Park, finished 2014 in a virtual tie for first in the Pacific League with Softbank as Orix was 80-62-2 to Softbank's 78-60-6.