Lions give Nakamura 4-year, 2 billion yen deal

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TOKOROZAWA, Japan, Dec. 9 (16:03) Kyodo

The Seibu Lions tore up the last year of Takeya Nakamura's
three-year contract and gave the third baseman a new four-year deal
Monday that could net him as much as 2 billion yen after incentives.

Nakamura's annual base salary will be 350 million yen, up 50
million yen from his old contract.

"I'm grateful because I've been hurt these past two years,"
Nakamura said. "I'll aim for career highs in every statistic."

The 30-year-old four-time Pacific League home run king spent
most of this season working his way back from left-knee surgery he
had last offseason. Nakamura hit .208 with four home runs and 15 RBIs
in 26 games.

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