Rakuten acquires former Seibu infielder Fernandez

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SENDAI, Dec. 13 (20:43) Kyodo

The Rakuten Eagles said Tuesday they have acquired infielder
Jose Fernandez, who left the Seibu Lions after the end of this past
season, on a one-year deal.

The contract for the 31-year-old from the Dominican Republic
includes an estimated annual salary of 200 million yen and a 50
million yen signing bonus, Rakuten officials said.

Fernandez played for the Lotte Marines in 2003 and moved to
Seibu the following year. He has hit .293 with 91 homers and 278 RBIs
in three seasons in Japan.

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