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12/5/2010: Koji Uehara, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui

by on Dec.05, 2010 @ 3:16 pm, under MLB

Koji Uehara apparently has 5-6 potential suitors: the Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, Twins, Cardinals and Brewers.

"Closing, middle relief, I don't really have a preference.  Warm place, cold place, it doesn't matter.  I'd like a multi-year deal, but it seems like most clubs are offering one year deals.  I think there are also options for a second year.  I was hurt a lot so I can't really be too picky.  But I do have confidence in being able to say that I pitched in one of the strongest leagues," said Uehara.

Regardings Yoshinori Tateyama, Uehara said, "I'm sure he has a lot of question and I have nothing to hide.  I'll teach him anything / everything I can.  We're the same age, but I got to the US before he did so I'm above him there."

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Daisuke Matsuzaka participated in a a charity baseball clinic for kids and a charity baseball game (vs the GPBL) on Saturday at Kitakyushu Stadium.  He told reporters that this was the first year in which he spent so much time helping out with the kids after the regular season (since the Red Sox weren't involved in the postseason).  He added that he changes diapers, gives his kids bathes, and feeds them as well.

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Nikkan Sports notes that the White Sox have likely dropped out of the running for Hideki Matsui.

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Kimiyasu Kudo was an instructor at Charity Kids Baseball School 2010 (held earlier today).  About 124 elementary school kids attended the event.  Kudo once again told reporters that since he hasn't received any offers from clubs in Japan, he would now shift his focus to clubs overseas.