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Giants strike deal with Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka

Jan 9, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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From John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants are “closing in on signing” Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract. The deal is expected to include an invitation to spring training, where Tanaka will be in the running for a utility job.

The 31-year-old batted .300/.350/.363 with three home runs, 14 doubles, three triples and 32 RBI in 505 plate appearances last season for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League.

Tanaka also stole 13 bases in 22 attempts.

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UPDATE, 10:45 PM: Shea reports that the minor league contract has now been made official.

  1. imthewiz77 - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Wasn’t Tanaka the guy from Major Leage 2?

    • strosfan85 - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      You have no marbles!!

      • jm91rs - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        I’m surprised this guy made the switch to infielder. That catch he had while standing on the wall for the Indians back in 1994 was remarkable.

  2. DJ MC - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Not those Giants…

  3. jtpercell - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Ah, this guy.

  4. hoober27 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    “So Hiroshi Kamikaze Tanaka knocks himself cold for the second time this week. Personally, I think he’s just trying to get out of the lineup.”

    Those uni’s have the same font as the Brewers. Hopefully it turns out Milwaukee copied them and with this exposure the Crew will be forced to switch back to the classic ball and glove.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    He will only last until he has to turn a dp and has his leg shattered.

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