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Former Kintetsu Buffaloes president Keisuke Ashitaka said Tuesday the procedures to make seven-time All-Star infielder Norihiro Nakamura available to major league clubs through the posting system has been completed.

Should he strike a deal, the 31-year-old Nakamura will become the fourth Japanese player to join a major league team through the bidding system, after Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners), Kazuhisa Ishii (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Akinori Otsuka (San Diego Padres).

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