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.