The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Monday they have formally signed former Daiei Hawks pitcher Brandon Knight and infielder Erick Almonte, who once played for the New York Yankees.

Both players will get a signing bonus of 10 million yen and an annual salary of 40 million yen for their one-year contracts.

The 29-year-old Knight joined the Hawks in 2003 and went 6-4 in his two years with the Pacific League club.

Almonte, 26, is the younger brother of former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Hector Almonte. Last season, Almonte batted .318 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs with the Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.

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