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The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday signed infielder Michihiro Ogasawara to a new one-year contract that is expected to make him the highest-paid Japanese player next year.

Ogasawara, a two-time batting champion in the Pacific League, accepted a 50 million yen pay cut when he signed a deal carrying an estimated annual salary of 380 million yen following a season that saw him hit under .300 for the first time in six years.

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