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Hitoshi Tamura to leave the Softbank Hawks?

by on Sep.29, 2010 @ 6:10 pm, under NPB

Hitoshi Tamura appears to be open to testing the free agent waters.  While he would like to stay with the team, it seems he also wants a multi-year deal worth around 100M yen.  Since the Hawks usually make it a point to stay away from multi-year deals, the two sides could run into some problems during negotiations.

As for why Tamura is interested in a multi-year deal, according to someone close to Tamura, he loves the city of Fukuoka and loves playing for the Hawks, but hasn't been able to invite his family to live with him because of his contract situation.  If Tamura can get a multi-year deal, his family might feel secure enough to make the move to Fukuoka, which would be a big plus for Tamura.

A Softbank exec told reporters that while the team does consider multi-year deals on a case-by-case, their basic rule was to push one year deals.

A number of MLB teams, including the Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Giants, also apparently checked out Tamura during the season.

4 comments on “Hitoshi Tamura to leave the Softbank Hawks?

  1. Tim

    Tamura leads the team in all categories (BA, HR, RBI) this seasons. Softbank should definitely offer him a multi-year contract.

  2. Jim

    SoftBank has the money, they should keep him. This was the first time since he joined the team that he actually showed the hitting prowess that convinced management to trade Terahara for him.

    Besides, the Hawks need power, and they will eventually need to replace Kokubo and Matsunaka, and sooner rather than later.

  3. jason

    He is coming to the United States to play for a MLB team, the Arizona team really wants his services.

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