Johjima, Mariners agree: 3 years, $16.5M

Updated: November 22, 2005, 9:07 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SEATTLE -- Now that Japanese catcher Kenji Johjima and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract Monday, they have one thing left to figure out: how to communicate.

"Yeah, there is a certain challenge coming over as a catcher because of the language issue," Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi said.

Johjima will be the first Japanese catcher to play in the major leagues. He and his wife have started work with an English tutor back home, and Bavasi added ...

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