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Masaaki Koike (CHU) to exercise FA option, could return to Yokohama

by on Nov.29, 2011 @ 3:29 pm, under NPB

Sanspo is reporting that Masaaki Koike (31) will exercise his FA option.

Said Koike, "I am grateful for what Chunichi has done for me over the years, for the experience they gave me.  But in thinking about my baseball career, I want more playing.  I decided to exercise my FA option because I want to hear what other teams have to say."

The Yokohama Bay Stars are thought to be interested in Koike.

UPDATE @ 5:35pm - Koike filed the necessary paperwork with the team earlier today.

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Career Stats

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2001 YOK 19 28 24 3 7 1 0 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 .292 .370 .333 .704
2002 YOK 60 114 109 11 28 4 0 2 38 11 1 1 2 1 2 0 31 0 .257 .268 .349 .619
2003 YOK 9 10 10 0 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .300 .400 .700
2004 YOK 9 16 14 4 5 2 0 2 13 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 1 .357 .438 .929 1.366
2005 YOK 129 492 404 66 98 16 0 20 174 53 0 1 37 5 42 4 95 9 .243 .316 .431 .751
2006 YOK 112 417 352 45 94 23 2 7 142 33 3 2 39 3 15 8 79 4 .267 .310 .403 .715
2007 YOK 83 126 112 14 26 7 0 2 39 7 0 2 5 0 9 0 16 2 .232 .289 .348 .637
2008 CHU 59 161 141 15 32 8 0 4 52 15 1 1 6 1 10 3 34 4 .227 .290 .369 .661
2009 CHU 101 201 174 20 40 6 0 7 67 18 1 1 11 0 13 3 42 4 .230 .295 .385 .680
2010 CHU 54 99 84 3 17 2 1 1 24 5 0 1 6 0 5 4 20 2 .202 .280 .286 .565
2011 CHU 73 150 127 12 34 8 1 5 59 21 0 0 8 0 12 3 32 6 .268 .345 .465 .810
Totals 708 1814 1551 193 384 78 4 50 620 167 6 9 115 10 113 25 360 32 .248 .307 .400 .709