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Yuniesky Betancourt signs with Japan's Orix BlueWave following 9 seasons in major leagues

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TOKYO - Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has signed with the Orix BlueWave of Japan's Pacific League.

Betancourt has a .261 career average with 80 homers and 457 RBIs with Seattle (2005-09), Kansas City (2009-10, 2012) and Milwaukee (2011, 2013).

The 31-year-old native of Cuba began his career as a shortstop but played mostly at first and third base last year for the Brewers. He hit .212 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs last season, when had a $900,000 base salary and earned $400,000 in performance bonuses.

Orix has been seeking replacements for infielders Lee Dae Ho and Aarom Baldiris, who left to sign with other clubs during the off-season.

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