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Nippon Ham Fighters: Kensuke Tanaka to earn international FA option

by on Oct.25, 2011 @ 2:38 pm, under NPB

Even though Kensuke Tanaka doesn't actually have enough time to qualify for an international FA option because he lost time on the active roster with a fracture in his left foot, the Nippon Ham Fighters plan on awarding him with the necessary time.

Coming into the season, Tanaka had 8 years and 73 days worth of time on the active roster.  The foot fracture this season limited him to just 68 days on the active roster, which puts him at 8 years and 141 days, 4 days short of a 145-day year.  Because of all he has done for the team, and since he's managed to make good progress on an injury that was supposed to sideline him for 4-6 months, the Fighters are now thinking about awarding Tanaka with time to put towards the 9 years he needs in order to earn his international FA option (teams can give up to 60 days).

If Tanaka gets the option, he isn't expected to exercise is since he signed a 3-year deal before the start of the season.

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