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Kensuke Tanaka to stay in Hokkaido in order to earn int. FA option?

by on Oct.16, 2010 @ 6:51 am, under NPB

Sports Hochi reports that Kensuke Tanaka may have already decided not to exercise his domestic FA option this season in order to retain the rights for his international FA option next season.  At least it seems that's what some sources are telling the paper.

If Tanaka is really serious about playing in the MLB, it does probably make the most sense for Tanaka not to exercise his domestic FA option this season and wait for his international FA option to kick in at some point next season.

In addition to telling reporters that he would have a decision about his FA status ready before the end of the month, Tanaka also said that if he does exercise his domestic FA option, it'll be to leave the Fighters.