Devil Rays sign Iwamura for three years

Updated: December 18, 2006, 1:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Infielder Akinori Iwamura became the second Japanese star to land in the major leagues in two days when he agreed Friday to a $7.7 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

With one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, the last-place Devil Rays lack the financial resources to compete for top-tier free agents. They feel they made a significant acquisition, however, in Iwamura, 27.

"He's a player who can help us next year and for years ...

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