Sponichi is reporting that Ryota Igarashi is leaning towards exercising his international FA option so that he can test the MLB free agency waters.
Said Igarashi, "I think it's important to have big ambitions [in life]. The first thing I thought about was being able to work in an environment I would be excited to work."
Igarashi earlier decided on Arn Tellem for his agent while he was in the US back in October. He also had a chance to watch games 4 and 5 of the ALCS.
When asked about which team he'd like to go to, Igarashi said, "I'm in no position to pick."
"We'll keep a spot open for him in case he has trouble signing on with a team in the US," said Swallows' director Kesanori Kurashima.