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Rays, Iwamura Reach Agreement

Posted Dec 14, 2006 by Aaron Knox

Updated Dec 14, 2006 at 11:04 PM

The Devil Rays will announce Friday that they have reached an agreement to sign Japanese infielder Akinori Iwamura to a three-year contract worth about $7.25-million, with a one-year team option for 2010. The deal isn’t completely done; there still are minor details to work out, which will be settled sometime early Friday.

Iwamura, 27, is likely to be the Rays’ primary third baseman after winning five Gold Gloves at that position for the Central League Yakult Swallows. But he also has expressed his willingness to move around the diamond, and could project best in the majors as a second baseman.

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