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Free Agents: Igarashi, Saburo

by Patrick Newman (Oct 23, 2009)

Notes to share about a couple of FA-eligible players:

  • If Ryota Igarashi chooses to make the MLB jump, he'll do so with agent Arn Tellem on his side. According to the Sponichi report, Igarashi is undecided on what he wants to do, and is also considering moving to another team in Japan. Tellem notably represents Hideki Matsui, and has to date negotiated $73m worth of contracts on his behalf. Igarashi is currently in the States taking in the ALCS.
  • Saburo Ohmura, known by his first name in Japan, is hinting that he's going to stay put again this offseason. Saburo was eligible for international free agency last year, and announced that he was going to try MLB, but changed his mind and re-signed for one year with Lotte. After posting a career with a .314/.377/.514 slash line and 22 home runs, I thought we might see him take another shot at MLB. Maybe he'll waffle again this year.

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