Spencer to play for Hanshin Tigers

Updated: December 24, 2004, 1:48 PM ET
Associated Press

New York Mets: Outfielder Shane Spencer signed with Japan's Hanshin Tigers after a seven-year career in the majors in which he played on two championship teams with the Yankees.

The Tigers, of Japan's Central League, announced the move on their Web site. The Tigers also signed Red Sox minor league pitcher Jamie Brown.

Spencer played for the Yankees from 1998-02, with New York winning the World Series in 1998 and 1999. He divided the 2003 season between Cleveland and Texas. He spent last season with the Mets, finishing with a .281 average, four homers and 26 RBIs in 74 games. For his career, Spencer hit .262 with 59 homers and 242 RBIs.

Brown went 4-6 with a 4.82 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 23 games this season for Pawtucket, Boston's Triple-A affiliate. The right-hander made four appearances in middle relief for Boston this season.


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