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Atsushi Fujimoto gets a 2-year deal with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.24, 2009 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB

No big surprise here.

The Swallows announced that they have agreed to terms with Atsushi Fujimoto and will be making an official announcement at some point in the near future.

No other details are known at this time.

Career Stats

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
2001 Hanshin 75 202 186 21 50 11 1 1 66 17 2 2 2 0 13 1 36 0 .269 .355 .320 .675
2002 Hanshin 63 162 139 8 29 4 0 1 36 8 3 1 15 0 8 0 23 0 .209 .259 .252 .511
2003 Hanshin 127 451 402 51 121 16 7 0 151 36 9 4 17 4 26 2 42 9 .301 .376 .343 .722
2004 Hanshin 111 419 385 45 99 12 3 5 132 33 5 1 6 0 27 1 58 9 .257 .343 .308 .650
2005 Hanshin 119 400 357 36 89 14 2 1 110 36 3 1 7 2 33 1 40 7 .249 .308 .313 .623
2006 Hanshin 138 443 393 35 93 12 1 3 116 30 3 1 19 3 27 1 56 13 .237 .295 .285 .583
2007 Hanshin 105 164 148 10 36 2 2 0 42 13 0 0 3 0 12 1 23 3 .243 .284 .304 .588
2008 Hanshin 58 89 76 12 19 1 1 0 22 7 1 0 4 2 6 1 14 3 .250 .289 .306 .603
2009 Hanshin 47 70 64 6 14 1 0 0 15 1 0 2 3 0 3 0 4 4 .219 .234 .254 .488
Totals 843 2400 2150 224 550 73 17 11 690 181 26 12 76 11 155 8 296 48 .256 .321 .307 .629

=== UPDATE 11/26/2009 12:57pm JST

According to Sanspo, the two sides agreed to a 2-year deal worth 100M yen and the uniform number 10.   A press conference is supposedly set to take place on the 30th.

=== UPDATE 11/30/2009  8:09pm JST

The Swallows held a press conference on Monday to officially announce Fujimoto.

As mentioned before, he agreed to a 2-year deal worth 100M yen and will be wearing the number 10.

=== UPDATE 12/1/2009 10:40am JST

Fujimoto's salary for the 2010 season will be 36M yen.

=== UPDATE 2:10pm JST

Q&A via Sanspo:

On signing an official contract...

I'm really happy.  I'm looking at this as a new challenge for myself.  I want to apply everything I've learned up to now.

There are some expectations on you to help lead the club...

Yakult has a lot of young players, so communication will be important.  I'll tell them everything I know to help lead the infielders.

You might have a shot at working with 2004 Olympic team mate, Miyamoto...

I really look up to Miaymoto.  I'm honored to have a chance to play alongside him.

Your goals for next season...

As long as I'm playing, my goal is to win the league title and become Nippon Series champs.  I'm going to really work on my lower half this off-season so that I'll be able to continue playing for at least another 3-4 years.

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