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Free Agents Quick Notes: November 18, 2010 (UPDATE 1)

by on Nov.18, 2010 @ 3:03 pm, under NPB

The Chunichi Dragons are interested in Mitsutaka Goto (ORI).  But it seems they'll be taking a rather slow approach to the free agent market.

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The Softbank Hawks are interested in both Toru Hosokawa (SEI) and Seiichi Uchikawa (YOK) (if Hitoshi Tamura decides to leave).  The Hawks were also interested in Hiroyuki Kobayashi (LOT), but it seems more than likely that he'll find a taker in the Majors (Daily Sports mentions the Rays and Diamondbacks as potential suitors).  And it seems Sadaharu Oh will be more than happy to get involved in the talks if necessary.

The Hawks met with Hosokawa earlier today and apparently offered him a 4-year deal worth over 500M yen (base of 100M per year plus incentives).  As for Tamura, the Hawks have apparently offered him a 4-year deal as well.  But since the Hawks have other plans, they're also placing a limit on how long they'll wait for Tamura's reply.  Incidentally, it seems the club is now making a blanket exception for players that exercise their FA options and will now consider 4-year deals (to take them through to their next option) for them.

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Seiichi Uchikawa told reporters that he's not really too picky about salary, although it does seem like he has a line that he hopes teams will either cross or approach.  By the sounds of it though, Uchikawa is more interested about finding a team that makes him want to play.  He also wants to play on team where he can just focus on playing instead of worrying about converting to a new position or batting in a different spot in the line-up.

Uchikawa also added that he won't be talking to teams so much with moving in mind.  That is, if he decides to leave Yokohama, he plans on first discussing this with his wife in more detail (she works for FujiTV and that could mean living apart from each other).

The Hiroshima Carp met with Uchikawa today in Yokohama.