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Former MLBer Jesus Aguilar Signs With Seibu Lions for 2024

 Matt Tallarini  |    Dec 20th, 2023 11:35am EST

Jesus Aguilar of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum on May 27, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

Former Major League Baseball first baseman Jesus Aguilar will play for the Seibu Lions during the 2024 Nippon Professional Baseball season on a one-year contract, Yahoo News Japan reported on December 18.

The organization has not yet announced the incentives for Aguilar’s contract for the 2024 season on their social media pages. 

Aguilar, 33, was born in Maracay, Venezuela, and played 10 seasons in MLB. He elected free agency on November 6 prior to signing with the Seibu Lions. 

Last season, Aguilar played with the Oakland Athletics, and appeared at the Florida Complex Level and Triple-A Gwinnett in the Atlanta Braves organization. With the Athletics, Aguilar suited up in 36 games with 115 plate appearances, batting .221 with 23 hits, two doubles, five home runs, nine RBI, eight walks, 31 strikeouts, and a .665 OPS prior to signing a minor league contract with the Braves on June 13.

Aguilar played in three games with 11 plate appearances recording four hits, two doubles, four RBI, three strikeouts, and .909 OPS prior to being called up to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 20. During his time with Gwinnett, Aguilar played in 56 games, batting .271 across 241 plate appearances, with 55 hits, seven doubles, five home runs, 34 RBI, 34 walks, 49 strikeouts, and a .753 OPS. 

In 2022, Aguilar was with the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles. Aguilar played in 129 games with both organizations, batting .235 over 501 plate appearances, with 109 hits, 19 doubles, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, 28 walks, 119 strikeouts, and a .661 OPS.

Aguilar was selected in 2018 to the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park. Aguilar has played with the Cleveland Indians from 2014-16, the Milwaukee Brewers from 2017-19, the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019, and the Marlins from 2020-22 during his 10-year career in MLB.  In his 10 seasons in MLB, Aguilar has played in 795 games with a lifetime average of .253, 594 hits, 107 doubles, two triples, 114 home runs, 402 RBI, 235 walks, 622 strikeouts, and a .655 OPS. 

All 12 NPB teams will report to training camp during January. The Seibu Lions will host their first game of the 2024 NPB regular season against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles at the Belluna Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan on March 29. No start regular season game times have yet been announced by the league. 

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Matt Tallarini
Matthew (Matt) Tallarini is the Founder and Chief Correspondent for the World Baseball Network. Matt played semi-professional baseball with the Pelham Mets in Pelham, New York for four years, including the 2018 Semi Pro World Series. During the pandemic, Matt began engaging with international baseball, as a way to keep connected to the sport. Matt created the World Baseball Network and its signature website, WorldBaseball.com as a way to promote and inform similar likeminded fans about the players, teams and leagues innovating the sport of baseball and feeding into Major League Baseball (MLB). As a result of Matt’s efforts, World Baseball Network is now the benchmark standard for international baseball coverage, including MLB, MiLB, NCAA, Korea, Japan, Caribbean, Baseball United, WBC, WBSC and more. In a short time, Matt has interviewed a who’s who of global baseball legends and coaches. These include: Former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera; Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman; former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams; Mickey Callaway former MLB manager; Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach; Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics; Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player; Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs; Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals; and Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matt Tallarini is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance. Since its inception, Matt has been the Chief Correspondent for World Baseball Network. Matt has interviewed and interacted with many international players and coaches including former Yankee closer Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman, former Yankee Luis Sojo veteran of four Yankee World series teams, Mickey Callaway former MLB manager, Paul Mainieri LSU National Championship coach, Eric Holtz manager Team Israel of the 2020 Olympics, Ian Kinsler former MLB player and now Israel national team player, Harold Ramirez of the Tampa Bay Rays formerly with the Indians and Cubs, Joey Meneses of the Washington Nationals, Mike Cameron current USA Baseball advisor former-MLB outfielder. Matthew is 2015 graduate of Mitchell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a 2022 graduate of Iona University with a Masters in Finance.