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Central League MVP Yoshihiro Maru has decided to exercise his domestic free agent option and sign with the Yomiuri Giants, sources said Friday.

The biggest name in the offseason free agent market, Maru on Tuesday was named CL MVP for the second straight year after helping the Hiroshima Carp win a third straight pennant and reach the Japan Series, where they lost to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

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