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Hanshin Tigers interested in Hiroyuki Kobayashi?

by on Oct.21, 2010 @ 10:40 am, under NPB

The Hanshin Tigers appear to be interested in Lotte closer Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

Kobayashi earned his domestic FA option last season and supposedly opted to stay with Lotte to earn his international FA option this year and test the MLB FA waters.  But the Tigers heard a rumor that Kobayashi might consider staying in Japan and could be open to signing with another club.  And to that end, the Tigers will begin looking into how serious Kobayashi is about testing the international waters and whether or not there's a chance he might stay in Japan.

The Tigers had some struggles with their rotation and bullpen this season and feel that Kobayashi could provide help in both areas.

Career Stats

Yr Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BLK R ER ERA WHIP
1998 LOT 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 2.1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.71
2001 LOT 22 1 4 0 0 0 238 56.0 49 11 23 1 45 3 0 24 23 3.70 1.29
2002 LOT 58 7 4 0 0 0 333 81.2 67 12 27 1 84 9 1 25 23 2.53 1.15
2003 LOT 50 10 10 0 3 0 592 145.1 135 17 36 3 117 7 1 66 62 3.84 1.18
2004 LOT 24 9 7 0 2 0 666 154.1 162 22 57 4 137 7 0 77 73 4.26 1.42
2005 LOT 23 12 6 0 4 1 666 160.2 157 14 28 6 129 6 0 60 59 3.30 1.15
2006 LOT 20 10 7 0 3 1 578 142.2 129 14 27 4 120 5 0 51 44 2.78 1.09
2007 LOT 25 13 3 0 5 2 699 170.2 157 9 38 4 163 7 0 56 51 2.69 1.14
2008 LOT 23 5 12 0 1 0 618 138.0 155 15 45 2 112 5 0 85 77 5.02 1.45
2009 LOT 24 4 13 0 4 0 582 134.1 142 16 35 7 120 7 0 70 64 4.29 1.32
2010 LOT 57 3 3 29 0 0 249 61.0 51 2 14 3 53 6 0 17 15 2.21 1.07
Totals 328 74 69 29 22 4 5232 1247.0 1207 132 331 35 1080 62 2 531 491 3.54 1.23