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Toru Hosokawa to hit the domestic FA market

by on Nov.08, 2010 @ 6:45 pm, under NPB

Toru Hosokawa met with the Seibu Lions today and told them that he will be exercising his domestic FA option.

Said Hosokawa, "In thinking of the numbers I put up, I decided to exercise my FA option.  I want to talk with the clubs that are interested in me."


The Yokohama Bay Stars are apparently interested in Hosokawa.  A club rep told reporters, "[We're interested, but] we first need to take care of Murata and Uchikawa. ... Upgrading the catching situation is a big area for us.  We're continuing with our plan to strengthen our club, one step at a time."

The Softbank Hawks have also expressed an interest in Hosokawa and it seems they might be preparing a contract that could have a yearly salary of up to 100M yen (assuming he maxes out all performance bonuses).  In other words, it seems the Hawks are thinking of offering Hosokawa a conservative base salary with a ton of performance bonuses.  The Hawks will likely take a similar approach with Seiichi Uchikawa.