Padres, White Sox, Brewers, Indians Not In On NPB Free Agents
by Patrick Newman (Dec 2, 2008)
Yahoo Japan Sports has a piece on four teams' lack of interest in Japanese free agents. Warning, translations of translations coming up:
- San Diego's Kevin Towers: "We don't have much room in our budget this offseason. We're not going to be active in acquiring players".
- Chicago's Kenny Williams: "We really like Uehara,
Kawakami, Takahashi, and Aikawa," before adding, "we don't have the
budget to get involved in the Japanese market".
- Cleveland's Mark Shapiro: "We know Uehara,
Kawakami and Takahashi but we're not making it a priority to acquire
them. This offseason we have budget limitations and looking to one or
two players; an infielder and an experienced closer".
- Milwaukee's Doug Melvin: "We won't acquire a Japanese free agent".
It's notable that all of these GMs with the exception of Melvin
have signed a Japanese free agent in the past. I'm a little surprised
by Williams as I saw the White Sox as a dark horse candidate for