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Star Hiroshima Carp outfielder Seiya Suzuki has agreed to a five-year, $70 million (¥8.3 billion) deal with the Chicago Cubs, American sports network ESPN reported, citing a source.

The 27-year-old Suzuki, one of Japan’s premier players, has been free to negotiate with any MLB team after being posted by the Carp in November. Normally a 30-day process, negotiations were interrupted when MLB initiated a labor dispute by locking out players when its labor agreement expired on Nov. 30.

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