Alex Guerrero is close to signing in Japan. Update.

Alex Guerrero JapanAlex Guerrero is close to signing with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, the top league in Japan. Guerrero, who turned 30 this month, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers in June and hasn’t played since. He batted .136 in 16 minor league games this year.

Update (2 p.m.): Guerrero’s contract is official, per an announcement on the Dragons’ website. He will wear number 42.

Update (10:20 p.m.): it’s a straight one-year contract worth approximately $1.5 million, plus incentives.

Guerrero is still owed $7.5 million this year and next year under the terms of the four-year, $25.5 million contract he signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2014 season.

Sanspo first reported the news (in Japanese).

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.