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Bad timing for Shugo Fujii to opt for free agency?

by on Nov.19, 2009 @ 3:06 pm, under NPB

Shugo Fujii may have picked one of the worst times to exercise his FA option.

When the off-season first started, the Hanshin Tigers and Yokohama Bay Stars both expressed interest in the lefty.  But after the Tigers spent big money to sign Kenji Johjima and the Yokohama Bay Stars traded for Naoyuki Shimizu, the two teams that appeared most interested in his services, suddenly dropped off the radar.

And Sanspo posted a story today that says that Fujii hasn't received any offers.

So, where does everyone think he'll end up going?

Year Team G W L S CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2000 Yakult 31 1 0 0 0 137 32.1 23 5 18 2 36 3 1 18 17 4.73 1.27
2001 Yakult 27 14 8 0 2 707 173.1 145 24 64 3 124 4 0 62 61 3.17 1.21
2002 Yakult 28 10 9 0 5 789 195.2 167 25 44 5 171 6 0 72 67 3.08 1.08
2003 Yakult 1 0 0 0 0 12 2.2 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 3.38 1.50
2004 Yakult 15 4 6 0 0 356 78.1 91 16 28 7 73 0 0 53 48 5.51 1.52
2005 Yakult 28 10 12 0 0 740 176.0 156 24 64 2 143 5 0 70 67 3.43 1.25
2006 Yakult 27 7 8 0 1 553 128.2 124 15 45 6 88 4 1 64 63 4.41 1.31
2007 Yakult 25 7 10 0 0 539 123.0 123 18 53 3 96 2 0 71 69 5.05 1.43
2008 Nippon Ham 19 3 8 0 0 488 110.2 115 11 41 5 76 2 0 46 40 3.25 1.41
2009 Nippon Ham 22 7 5 0 0 498 114.2 120 11 48 6 63 3 0 45 45 3.53 1.47
Totals 223 63 66 0 8 4819 1135.1 1067 149 406 40 871 29 2 502 478 3.79 1.30