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Carp, third baseman Luna finalize one-year deal

Kyodo

After three seasons with the Chunichi Dragons, 35-year-old free agent third baseman Hector Luna has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Carp, the Central League club announced Friday.

Luna, who was named the CL’s best third baseman in 2014, hits for average and has moderate power. His deal is reportedly worth $1 million (roughly ¥120 million) with additional incentives.

In three seasons with the Dragons, Luna batted .316 with 34 home runs and 184 runs batted in. Luna has a .382 on-base percentage in Japan and has stolen 23 bases while being caught just twice.

The Carp have not had a regular at third base since 2013, when error-prone Shota Dobayashi played his way out of the starting lineup with 19 errors in 105 games. Since then, the Carp have largely relied on former shortstops Eishin Soyogi, Shogo Kimura and Tetsuya Kokubo. The move improved the defense, but left the club with little offense at the hot corner.