Iguchi fits with speed, defense makeover

Updated: January 26, 2005, 7:36 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Japanese second baseman Tadahito Iguchi and the Chicago White Sox have reached agreement on a two-year contract.

Iguchi will get between $2 million and $2.5 million per season and the White Sox will have the option for a third year. The agreement was reported by Kyodo in Japan and on the White Sox's Web site.

The White Sox would not comment Monday and an official announcement will come after Iguchi takes a physical. He would be the second White Sox player from Japan, joining reliever Shingo Takatsu, who was 6-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 19 saves in his first season a year ago.

Iguchi will give the made-over White Sox speed and power at second base, where Willie Harris was set to start.

Iguchi, 30, batted .333 with 24 homers and 89 RBI last season with the Daiei Hawks. He's won two stolen base titles, a Golden Glove award three times and been a four-time All-Star. He can also play shortstop.

He has 149 homers and 159 stolen bases to go with a .271 average in his eight-year career.

Iguchi is the latest addition for the White Sox, who've overhauled their team hoping to use speed, defense and pitching as much as power in the AL Central.

Since last season, Chicago also has added center fielder Scott Podsednik, right fielder Jermaine Dye, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitchers Dustin Hermanson, Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino.

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