BayStars acquire Sledge, Bootcheck

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YOKOHAMA, Dec. 17 (21:41) Kyodo

The Yokohama BayStars have acquired a much-needed left-handed
power hitter and a potential closer candidate in an attempt to break
out of a prolonged slump.

One of the most active teams this offseason, the BayStars said
Thursday they have signed former Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder
Terrmel Sledge to a two-year contract and former Pittsburgh Pirates
right-hander Chris Bootcheck to a one-year deal.

Sledge, who led the Pacific League champion Fighters with 27
homers and 88 RBIs in 2009, will earn an annual salary of 180 million
yen plus performance bonuses.

The 32-year-old hit a walk-off grand slam in Game 1 of the PL
Climax Series second stage against the Rakuten Eagles and drove in a
total of 12 runs in the postseason.

Bootcheck, meanwhile, was 0-0 with an 11.05 ERA in 13 games last
season for the Pirates.

The 31-year-old has a 3-7 career record with one save and a 6.54
ERA in 90 games in the major leagues. He will make 50 million yen
plus performance incentives.

Yokohama has signed new manager Takao Obana, former Lotte
Marines right-hander Naoyuki Shimizu and free agent catcher Tasuku
Hashimoto this offseason after finishing last in the Central League
standings for the sixth time in eight seasons.

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