Today was the last day players with options were able to file the paperwork necessary to become free agents.
Players like Seiichi Uchikawa (YOK), Toru Hosokawa (SEI), and Hichori Morimoto (HAM) submitted their paper for domestic free agency. Hiroyuki Kobayashi (LOT), Yoshinori Tateyama (HAM), and Yoshihiro Doi (SEI) filed for international free agency with the intent to play in the Majors; Hitoshi Tamura also filed the necessary papers but is casting his net wide by include both MLB and NPB teams.
A complete list of players that filed for FA will be published by the commissioner's office tomorrow. Free agents will be then allowed to speak with other teams freely on the 18th.