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Chiba Lotte Marines: Tae-Kyun Kim asks club not to exercise option for 2012

by on Jul.28, 2011 @ 12:38 am, under NPB

Tae-Kyun Kim's agent approached the Chiba Lotte Marines about 2 weeks ago to ask that he his option not be exercised for the 2012 season.  While the Marines still haven't made an official decision, it seems they are leaning towards going along with Kim's request.  The two sides are expected to meet again in August to work out a final decision.

"I think we're heavily leaning towards his departure," said Akira Ishikawa, managing director of the team.  "We want to go with whatever is best for him."

Ishikawa also denied reports from the Korean media saying that the two sides had already reached an agreement.

UPDATE 7/28 @ 11:10am - According to the Korean media, the recent earthquake is apparently one of the reasons why Kim doesn't want to play in Japan.  Seems he's no longer confident he can play in Japan.

2 comments on “Chiba Lotte Marines: Tae-Kyun Kim asks club not to exercise option for 2012

    1. Gen Post author

      I thought he did ok last year (relatively speaking). Although, considering the salary, I guess he should be putting up even better numbers.

      Probably makes things a lot harder for Kim now that Castillo is on the team and playing really well while being paid just a small fraction of his salary.

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