Nippon Ham acquires slugger Botts

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SAPPORO, June 13 (19:59) Kyodo

The Nippon Ham Fighters announced Friday the acquisition of
slugging infielder Jason Botts, who has played in 15 games for the
Texas Rangers this season.

Switch-hitting Botts, who also plays outfield, and the Pacific
League club have agreed on a 40 million yen deal that runs through
the end of the 2008 season.

The 27-year-old has hit .230 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 93
games in his major league career that began in 2006. This year, he
was designated for assignment in late April after batting just .158
with two homers with the Rangers.

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