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Chunichi Dragons sign Hector Luna to a one-year deal

by on Nov.23, 2012 @ 10:30 am, under NPB

ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas has tweeted that the Chunichi Dragons signed Hetor Luna (32) to a one-year deal worth $450,000 (~37 million yen) plus $200,000 (~16.4 million yen) in incentives.  Source: Tweet 11/22/2012

According to reports out of Japan, the Dragons apparently see Luna as a possible replacement for Tony Blanco.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/23/2012, Sponichi 11/23/201, Sports Hochi Osaka 11/23/2012

UPDATE @ 4:28pm - Team rep Ryohei Sato told reporters about the deal today.  Source: Sponichi 11/23/2012

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MLB Career Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2004 24 STL NL 83 192 173 25 43 7 2 3 22 6 3 13 37 .249 .304 .364 .668 63 2 2 1 3 0
2005 25 STL NL 64 153 137 26 39 10 2 1 18 10 2 9 25 .285 .344 .409 .753 56 4 4 2 1 0
2006 26 STL NL 76 245 223 27 65 14 1 4 21 5 3 21 34 .291 .355 .417 .772 93 3 1 0 0 1
2006 26 CLE AL 37 134 127 14 35 7 1 2 17 0 1 6 26 .276 .306 .394 .700 50 4 0 0 1 0
2007 27 TOR AL 22 46 42 5 7 0 0 1 4 2 0 2 10 .167 .217 .238 .455 10 0 1 0 1 0
2008 28 TOR AL 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 0
2010 30 FLA NL 27 30 29 2 4 1 0 2 4 0 1 0 13 .138 .133 .379 .513 11 0 0 0 1 0
2012 32 PHI NL 28 66 62 5 14 2 0 2 10 0 0 4 14 .226 .273 .355 .628 22 1 0 0 0 0
Totals 339 867 794 104 208 41 6 15 96 23 11 55 159 .262 .314 .385 .699 306 14 8 3 7 1

4 comments on “Chunichi Dragons sign Hector Luna to a one-year deal

  1. IM

    He could be a useful player, but looks like more of a utility or replacement for Masahiro Araki than a replacement for Tony Blanco. The Dragons really need to upgrade their no. 2 spot in the lineup. Hopefully Luna can do that, maybe hit 3 if he really clicks in NPB. The Dragons should still try to add a slugging 1B.

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  2. Kyle

    Yeah, there is no way he is a replacement for Blanco. No where near the power potential. Watched him play for years in St. Louis. I would be absolutely shocked.

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  3. Burly

    Luna looks like the kind of player NPB teams like: a 4-A player with significant MLB experience.

    My concerns about Luna’s prospects for success in NPB is that he’ll be 33 in 2013 (that’s old for a professional baseball player), and his AAA offensive numbers are not good enough for a player who can no longer play the middle infield positions he played earlier in his career.

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