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San Francisco Giants Sign Japanese Second Baseman to Minor League Deal

January 9th, 2013 at 11:49 PM
By Michael Almonte

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting the San Francisco Giants have signed Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract.

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Tanaka, an All-Star and Gold Glover winner will be invited to spring training looking to make the team as a utility player.

The 31-year-old spent last season playing for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League. He batted .300 connecting with 137 hits, three homers, 14 doubles, three triples, 13 stolen bases and drove in 32 RBI's in 114 games. Tanaka produced a .350 on-base percentage and .363 slugging percentage equaling a .713 OPS.

Tanaka bats left-handed owning a career .294 batting average in 738 games spending six seasons with the Fighters. 

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