Sponichi is reporting that the Chiba Lotte Marines are thinking about re-signing Saburo (acting team owner Akio Shigemitsu apparently wants him back). But, he is a B-level free agent and that means the team will have to give the Yomiuri Giants either a player + 40% of his 2011 salary, or no player + 60% of his 2011 salary.
Lotte is expected to finalize their decision during a team development meeting that could take place as early as Thursday (12/1).
FYI: Saburo becomes just the 3rd player in Yomiuri Giants' history to leave the team during the same year they joined the team. The other two: Hidekazu Mitsuyama and Kazuya Tabata.
UPDATE @ 8:57pm - Shigemitsu told reporters today that his impression of Saburo was that he was good at rallying the players together.