• Kyodo


Outfielder Arihito Muramatsu, who recently declared free agency from the Daiei Hawks, is set to join the Orix BlueWave, baseball sources said Wednesday.

Muramatsu, who was holding talks with four Japanese pro baseball teams, has rejected offers from the Hawks, the Lotte Marines and the Nippon Ham Fighters, the sources said.

The 31-year-old has apparently agreed on a four-year deal with Orix for a total of 400 million yen, plus a clause in his contract for performance-related incentives.

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