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Munenori Kawasaki to test the international FA waters?

by on Jul.22, 2010 @ 3:30 pm, under NPB

It appears that Munenori Kawasaki would like to test the international FA waters after he earns the option during the 2011 season (in May) and it also appears he has his eyes on the Seattle Mariners as a possible landing destination.  That means in all likelihood, Kawasaki will remain in a Softbank uniform for at least one more season.

While Kawasaki has not officially admitted to this plan, it would seem that he will make some sort of an announcement at the end of the season.

And according to another Sponichi article, someone working in the MLB suggested a position change over to second base in order to keep Kawasaki fresh.  Kawsaki has played a few games at second and can also play third if needed.

Wonder if this will further push Yu Darvish into wanting to pitch in the Majors.

5 comments on “Munenori Kawasaki to test the international FA waters?

  1. Isaac

    The Mariners’ best prospect, Dustin Ackley, is supposed to be the 2B of the future and will probably be called up at the end of the season. Shortstop is more of a hole for them, Jack Wilson won’t be back after next year, if he isn’t traded before then, so I’m surprised that they would suggest a move to 2B.

    1. Gen Post author

      I don’t really know the Seattle minor league system very well, so I’ll take your word for it.

      FYI: I should probably clarify… The Sponichi article makes mention of someone working in the MLB suggesting that Kawasaki be moved to second in order to keep him “fresh.” So it doesn’t mean that the Mariners would actually open up second base for him, especially if they already have a good prospect there.

      I’ll go back and update my original post to reflect this point.

  2. Isaac

    Thank you for the clarification.

    Ackley was the 2nd player taken in the 2009 draft and they expect a lot from him.
    Right now everyone here is wondering how the Mariners will fill there numerous holes. Kawasaki is an option I don’t think anyone here has discussed. He is still young enough to have some good years left. If he were successful in the MLB, he could be Ichiro’s successor in the leadoff spot. I’m sure management would love that.

    Thanks for your work with the site, lots of good information.

    1. Gen Post author

      Sorry about the misunderstanding (on my end). Sometimes I get ahead of myself with the translations. And when you’re sifting through a couple hundred headlines a day, sometimes the words and characters begin to play tricks on you.

      And as those that frequent the site can attest, I can go through bits of stretches where I make quite a few typos (usually due to a lack of sleep).

      In any case, thanks for posting (and for your understanding). And if you have any other questions, feel free to ask away.

  3. Jim

    Remember, Kawasaki did play third early on in his career when Yusuke Torigoe played short. As a matter of fact, I think that’s where he was when the then-Daiei Hawks won it all in 2003.

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