LEAD: Arakaki gets pay raise, S. Watanabe takes cut

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FUKUOKA, Dec. 23 (18:36) Kyodo


Softbank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki re-signed with the
Pacific League club for an estimated 120 million yen in annual salary
on Saturday, up 20 million yen from last season.

Arakaki won a career-high 13 games against five losses with a
3.01 ERA in 23 starts this past season but missed the whole month of
June with a right thigh injury and that proved a minus factor in
salary negotiations.

The 26-year-old agreed on the new deal in the second round of
talks, while Softbank's offer was unchanged from the first meeting

Elsewhere, Lotte Marines right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe took a
30-million-yen pay cut when he re-signed with the PL club for an
estimated 110 million yen in annual salary.

Watanabe went 5-11 with a 4.35 ERA in 23 starts this year after
posting 15 wins (four losses) and a 2.17 ERA -- both career bests --
in 2005.

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