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Shinya Miyamoto and Naoyuki Shimuzu granted free angecy

by on Oct.03, 2008 @ 10:25 am, under NPB

Shinya Miyamoto
The Yakult Swallows have met with Shinya Miyamoto in an attempt to keep him with the team. Team Owner Suzuki said "We briefly talked about a contract. He's really an important part of this team. I think we might be able to keep him with us."

The proposal is rumored to be a multi-year deal. When Miyamoto was asked about the staying with the Swallows, he said, "They asked me to stay. That's great to hear."

Naoyuki Shimuzu
Chiba Lotte Marines ace Naoyuki Shimuzu may excercise his right to become a free agent after the season. When asked about what he was thinking, "Free agency comes into the picture this off-season. There hasn't really been any talk of keeping me here. And to tell the truth, I'm a little unsure of what to do next. Of course, I feel like I should listen to offers from other teams. I've always wanted to test the waters."

The Giants are said to be interested in the 32-year-old righty. They apparently sent people to check him during most of his starts this season. With Koji Uehara most likely going to the Majors this offseason, the Giants need someone to take his spot in the rotation. The Yokohama Bay Stars and Yakult Swallows are also said to be interested with in Shimizu.

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