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Tomoaki Kanemoto worth 1.1B yen (~$11.5M) over 2 years?

by on Jul.28, 2009 @ 7:43 am, under NPB

Tomoaki Kanemoto is in the final year of a 3-year deal and the team is apparently mulling around the idea of offering him a 2-year deal with 1.1B yen. Most clubs tend to stay away from multi-year contracts with players in their late 30's, but Kanemoto is a slightly different case -- what with his current streak of 1,412 consecutive games of playing every inning streak still going strong.

The final yen figure will likely change, based primarily on Kanemoto's stats at the end of the season, but you can bet that he'll get a significant chunk of change.

Still, at 41, you have to wonder just how much Kanemoto has left in the tank. After starting off the year on a tear, Kanemoto has cooled somewhat significantly.

Through May 19th, Kanemoto went 42-for 139 (.302 BA). Since then, he has gone 38-for-158 (.241). He also hit 9 of his 14 home runs prior to May 19th and has since only hit 5.

It'll be interesting to see where his numbers stand at the end of the season.