Carp agree to terms with major league journeyman Lewis

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HIROSHIMA, Nov. 9 (20:26) Kyodo

The Hiroshima Carp have reached a deal with left-handed-hitting
outfielder Fred Lewis, a team official told Kyodo News on Friday.

Lewis has played 525 major league games with four different
clubs, compiling a .266 career batting average with 21 triples, 27
home runs and 53 stolen bases. He has spent most of his career
playing left field.

The sides agreed to a two-year deal worth 40 million yen a year
with additional performance-based incentives. The club holds an
option for the second season.

The 31-year-old Lewis, a second-round draft pick of the San
Francisco Giants in 2002, will receive a signing bonus of 15 million

"He can go to the opposite field and can probably be a steady
contributor," the team official said.

Lewis played in just 18 games with the New York Mets this past
season, although he batted .294 with a .379 on-base percentage for
Triple-A Buffalo.

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