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.