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Yomiuri Giants met with Shugo Fujii on Thursday

by on Dec.03, 2009 @ 7:04 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants are supposedly set to meet with Shugo Fujii today.

With Hisanori Takahashi leaving for the Majors, the Giants are looking for someone to step into the rotation and pick up some of the slack.

And it would seem as though Fujii has been interested in the Giants since his Yakult Swallows' playing days.  If negotiations go smoothly, it's entirely possible Fujii will be donning a Yomiuri uniform at a press conference in the not so distant future.

=== UPDATE 10:58pm JST

Fujii appeared to his meeting with the Giants with his hair dyed black.  There was also a call from Tatsunori Hara during the meeting.

And according to the reports, it seems Fujii turned down some offers from other clubs in preparation for his meeting with the Giants.  Those offers must have come recently since most rumors about Fujii in November pointed to him getting no offers.

The two sides will meet again on the 8th.

=== UPDATE 12/4/2009 7:04am JST

A Fujii Q&A via Sanspo:

You had your first meeting with the team...

When I was pitching for Yakult, the Giants were the team I tried the hardest against because they were so strong.  They have tradition.  I want to play with ambition, so I think player for the Giants will be good.

You cut your hair and dyed it...

I wanted to show them I was serious.  I've had my hair black before during the season, and it isn't like I don't like it.  And I cut my hair because I have naturally wavy hair and wanted to look a little more refreshed.

If you join the Giants, what would you like your role to be?

That's something the manager and the coaches need to decide.  I will play where ever they want me to.  I will use my experience as best as I can.