Rakuten acquires former Nippon Ham slugger Seguignol

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TOKYO, July 29 (19:16) Kyodo

The Rakuten Eagles have acquired former Nippon Ham Fighters
designated hitter Fernando Seguignol and minor league right-hander
Marcus Gwyn, the team said Tuesday.

Seguignol, who shared the 2004 Pacific League home run title
with Nobuhiko Matsunaka of the then Daiei Hawks after hitting 44
homers, is a career .274 hitter with 145 homers and 386 RBIs over
five seasons in Japan with the Orix BlueWave in 2002 and Nippon Ham
in 2004-2007.

Gwyn had a 1-0 record with five saves and a 4.09 ERA for the
Florida Marlins' Triple-A affiliate at Albuquerque this year. He is
0-0 with a save and an 11.81 ERA in three major league appearances,
all in 2007 for the Los Angeles Angels.

Both players have signed contracts worth 20 million yen plus
performance-based incentives that run through the end of the current
season, Rakuten said.

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