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Tasuku Hashimoto to exercise FA option? Bay Stars bound?

by on Nov.08, 2009 @ 1:52 pm, under NPB

Tasuku Hashimoto has decided to exercise his FA option this off-season and will likely make an announcement on the 10th.

Said Hashimoto, "I stayed back this past season for Bobby's last year.  I don't want to regret not exercising the option later on.  I want to take a step forward in my pro career."

And according to Sports Hochi, it seems as though Yokohama is a likely destination for Hashimoto.

The Bay Stars showed interest in Hashimoto last season when he had the opportunity to become a free agent.  And they are once again showing interest in Hashimoto this off-season.

Yokohama also happens to fulfill one of Hashimoto's requirements as a team that is looking for a starting catcher.  After losing Ryoji Aikawa to the Yakult Swallows last off-season, the Bay Stars haven't been able to find a capable internal replacement.

It could also help that his former teammate, Naoyuki Shimizu, appears to be headed to the Bay in a trade.

If Sports Hochi is right, Hashimoto could meet with the Bay Stars as early as next week to hammer out a deal.