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Guiel to return to Swallows

by Rob Smaal (Dec 16, 2009)

The Yakult Swallows have come to terms with outfielder Aaron Guiel on a new two-year deal, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.

With bonuses and incentives, the total value of the package could be close to 250 million yen over the two years, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. The contract still has to be approved by the NPB commissioner's office.

Last season, Guiel hit .267 with 80 RBIs and a team-best 27 HRs in 409 at-bats. The 37-year-old Canadian also posted a .533 slugging percentage, which was among the best in Japanese baseball.

The Swallows are also expected to bring back infielder Jamie D'Antona, who hit .276 with 21 homers and drove in a team-high 83 runs last season, his first in Japan.


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