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Hanshin Tigers looking into Hiroshima Carp Jun Hirose

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 4:23 am, under NPB

According to a report filed by Osaka Hochi, the Hanshin Tigers are looking into potential free agent Jun Hirose (currently playing for the Hiroshima Carp).

Hirose is scheduled to earn his domestic FA option on 10/15 and could hit the free agent market during the upcoming off-season.  While the Tigers wouldn't admit their interest (tampering issues), he would make some sense for the team, considering their current outfield situation (Matt Murton could return to the US, Tomoaki Kamemoto will be 44, and the younger players like Kohei Shibata and Shunsuke haven't managed to stick).

A lot will also likely depend on how well the Tigers do in stocking up during the upcoming draft.