It appears as though Tasuku Hashimoto is leaning toward exercising his FA option. The Chiba Lotte Marines have already asked for him to stay but it appears Hashimoto is concerned about his playing time with the team.
Said Hashimoto, "I still haven't thought about which direction I want to go in.
"If there's a team that doesn't have a set starting catcher, I think it would be nice to restart fresh and compete for that job. In terms of age, I'd like to try that one more time."
The Marines and Hashimoto met at a secret meeting after practice on the 23rd and will likely meet again for a second meeting. A decision regarding his future could be made sometime during the Nippon Series.