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Takashi Toritani could be thinking about the Majors in 2013

by on Nov.28, 2011 @ 9:46 am, under MLB, NPB

Similar to Kyuji Fujikawa, Hanshin Tiger Takashi Tortani could be thinking about the Majors in 2013.

Sponichi reports that Toritani has informed the team that he will not be exercising his FA option and that the team will be making an official announcement of that some time today.  Sponichi further adds that Toritani will push for a one-year deal because he may want the option to exercise his international FA option next year in order to pursue his dream of playing in the Majors (a dream he started having back from his Waseda University days).

UPDATE @ 2:08pm - The Tigers announced that Toritani decided not to exercise his FA option.  The also provide the following comment from Toritani:

I decided to stay because [Yutaka] Wada told me, "Let's win a championship together next season," and because of the team's strong desire to have me stay.  I will now switch gears and being preparing for next season.