According to Sponichi, Hideki Irabu might be closing in on a deal with the Kochi Fighting Dogs out of the Shikoku-Kyushu Island League.
"We've been talking to Irabu now for about 2 weeks, " said Junichi Fujikawa, Fighting Dogs GM. "We told him that if he's coming back to Japan, we'd love to have him playing for us."
What's so special about the club in Kochi? Takateru Iyono, a friend of Irabu's from his days on the Hanshin Tigers, happens to be on the roster.
On July 30th, Irabu started in what might be his last game of the season with the Long Beach Armada, and beat the Yuma Scorpions 2-1 for his 5th victory of the season. He held the Scorpions to just 1 run on 7 hits and a walk and struck out 4 over 8 innings of work.
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