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The Hiroshima Carp have reached an agreement with 30-year-old first baseman Jesus Guzman on a contract for next season, the Central League club announced Saturday.

The 185-cm, 91-kg Guzman has played 403 big league games over five seasons, mostly with the San Diego Padres. A right-handed hitter from Venezuela, Guzman is a career .247 hitter in the majors, but batted just .188 with two homers in 184 plate appearances last season with the Houston Astros.

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