Hanshin hope to sign switch-hitting infielder Conrad

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NISHINOMIYA, Japan, Nov. 4 (15:08) Kyodo

The Hanshin Tigers have reached a basic agreement to sign
switch-hitting infielder Brooks Conrad, who played for the Milwaukee
Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays this season, team general manager
Katsuhiro Nakamura said on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Conrad, who played 49 games as a second baseman
with Tampa Bay and Milwaukee this year, is expected to sign formally
with the Tigers sometime in December.

"It will be important that he be able to play first or third
base. We like the fact that he's a switch hitter," said Nakamura.

Conrad has a .207 batting average with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs
over five years in the major leagues.

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