• Kyodo


Hanshin Tigers catcher Akihiro Yano, who had declared free agency but opted to remain with the Central League champions, signed a two-year contract carrying an estimated annual salary of 220 million yen on Monday.

The new deal represents a 50 million yen increase in annual salary from this year and will earn him 500 million yen over two years if he receives the full amount of performance bonus in addition to the base salary and re-signing bonus.

The 37-year-old veteran helped the Tigers win the league title with a .271 batting average, 19 homers and 71 RBIs.

Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander Naoyuki Shimizu agreed to a 40 million yen raise that gives him 180 million yen in annual salary in 2006 after posting double-digit wins for the fourth straight year with a 10-11 record and a 3.83 ERA.

Right-hander Yasuhiko Yabuta re-signed with Lotte for 113 million yen in annual salary, up 50 million yen from this year.

The Yakult Swallows signed infielder Shinya Miyamoto to a new salary deal worth 180 million yen, unchanged from this year.

His base salary will not change until next year under the five-year contract he signed after the 2003 season.

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