OSAKA — The Kintetsu Buffaloes signed slugging infielder Norihiro Nakamura to a four-year deal Monday after working out the details of the free-agent contract they agreed to earlier this month. Kintetsu officials hinted the agreement will see Nakamura earn an estimated annual salary of 500 million yen in 2003 and 2004 and “more than 500 million yen” in the remaining two years with hefty incentives. Kintetsu initially offered Nakamura a six-year contract but accepted his wish to limit the deal to four years and become eligible for free agency for a second time after the 2006 season.

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