Hideki Irabu still has his sights set on returning to the NPB next season. To that end, he's already thinking about what step he might be able to take next in order to achieve that goal.
Sponichi is reporting that Irabu has been talking to a number of Independent league teams in Japan about the viability of signing on with them once the Long Beach Armada season ends in September. These teams include the Osaka Gold Villicanes out of the Kansai Idependent League and the Kochi Fighting Dogs and the Kagawa Olive Guyners out of the Shikoku-Kyushi Island League.
The plan is to give NPB clubs a better chance to check him out this year for a possible contract next year.
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