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Atsushi Fujimoto opts for freen agency; Swallows a possibility?

by on Nov.16, 2009 @ 5:30 pm, under NPB

Atsushi Fujimoto officially declared that he will be exercising his FA option.

"I did feel as if the Tigers really wanted me to stay, but I wanted to stay true to myself and test the FA waters.  I am grateful to the Tigers for helping me become the play I am.  I also want to thank the fans that helped support me these past 9 years with their warm cheers.

"I want this to be a new start for me, I want to start from scratch.  I won't have the Hanshin Tigers name behind me any more, so I want to move forward a Atsushi Fujimoto, the player," said Fujimoto at his press conference today.

While Fujimoto doesn't swing a big bat, he can provide some stability with his glove.

The Swallows have expressed interest in Fujimoto.

Year Team G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GIDP AVG SLG OBP OPS
2001 Hanshin 75 202 186 21 50 11 1 1 66 17 2 2 2 0 13 1 36 0 .269 .355 .320 .675
2002 Hanshin 63 162 139 8 29 4 0 1 36 8 3 1 15 0 8 0 23 0 .209 .259 .252 .511
2003 Hanshin 127 451 402 51 121 16 7 0 151 36 9 4 17 4 26 2 42 9 .301 .376 .343 .722
2004 Hanshin 111 419 385 45 99 12 3 5 132 33 5 1 6 0 27 1 58 9 .257 .343 .308 .650
2005 Hanshin 119 400 357 36 89 14 2 1 110 36 3 1 7 2 33 1 40 7 .249 .308 .313 .623
2006 Hanshin 138 443 393 35 93 12 1 3 116 30 3 1 19 3 27 1 56 13 .237 .295 .285 .583
2007 Hanshin 105 164 148 10 36 2 2 0 42 13 0 0 3 0 12 1 23 3 .243 .284 .304 .588
2008 Hanshin 58 89 76 12 19 1 1 0 22 7 1 0 4 2 6 1 14 3 .250 .289 .306 .603
2009 Hanshin 47 70 64 6 14 1 0 0 15 1 0 2 3 0 3 0 4 4 .219 .234 .254 .488
Totals 843 2400 2150 224 550 73 17 11 690 181 26 12 76 11 155 8 296 48 .256 .321 .307 .629