Sledge likely to join BayStars

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YOKOHAMA, Dec. 3 (19:06) Kyodo

Former Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Terrmel Sledge will likely
join the Yokohama BayStars, baseball sources said Thursday.

''I'm sure we'll be able to reach an agreement with him by the
end of this month,'' senior Yokohama official Teiji Sato said, adding
that the team will soon be making an official offer.

The BayStars, in need of a left-handed power hitter, have had
the 32-year-old Sledge on their shopping list since late last season.

They are expected to offer a multiyear contract carrying an
annual salary of around 200 million yen.

Sledge led the Fighters with 27 homers and 88 RBIs in 2009.

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