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The Softbank Hawks said Saturday they have signed New York Mets lefty Pedro Feliciano to a one-year, 75 million yen deal. Feliciano, who is expected to act as a closer for the Pacific League team, will receive no signing bonus. The 28-year-old Puerto Rico native went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 22 games with the Mets last season. Since his debut in the majors in 2002, Feliciano has appeared in 51 games — all in relief — and posted a career 1-1 record and 4.21 ERA.

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma agreed to a two-year, 400 million yen deal with the newly formed Pacific League club on Saturday.

The deal made Iwakuma the highest-paid player on the team. Both sides earlier agreed to an annual salary of 180 million yen plus performance-related incentives of up to 20 million yen for this year.

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