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Seibu Lions right-hander Fumiya Nishiguchi took a 46 million yen pay cut on Monday but re-signed with the Pacific League team for an annual salary of 184 million yen.

Nishiguchi, who sat out part of this past season with a foot injury, posted a 6-3 record with a 6.84 ERA in 14 starts in 2003. He said the cut in salary was fair given his poor performance this year.

Meanwhile, reliever Kiyoshi Toyoda, who won the title for most valuable reliever for the second consecutive year with a league-high 38 saves, will return to the Lions for an annual salary of 200 million yen — an increase of 40 million yen.

Elsewhere, Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Satoru Kanemura, who notched double digit wins for the second straight year, inked a 110 million yen deal — an increase of 30 million yen — to return to the Pacific League club.

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