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Gonzalez joins Yomiuri Giants

TOKYO -- Former San Diego Padres second baseman Edgar Gonzalez has signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

The 31-year-old Gonzalez hit .216 in 82 games for San Diego last season, missing time with a concussion and shoulder injury. He hit .274 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 2008.

Gonzalez said in a statement on the team's Web site that he's "very excited to play for a team with such a rich tradition."

The Giants won the Japan Series in 2009 and have won the Central League the past three years.