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12/3/2011: Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Dec.03, 2011 @ 7:09 am, under MLB

Via Sponichi - The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker has posted an article on the Seattle Mariners' interest in Munenori Kawasaki.  A snip:

But Zduriencik did say that he's "aware" of Kawasaki and will proceed accordingly with him as he would any free agent in search of the backup shortstop he's looking for to slot in behind Brendan Ryan.

"We are aware of all the opportunities out there, both internationally and back here,'' he said. "We're going to keep all options open at this stage, then let the dominoes start to fall and see where we're at.''

One thing playing in Kawasaki's favor is that he said he's willing to take a minor league deal if he has to. (Somebody had best get this guy an American agent, fast).


Norichika Aoki is preparing four different kinds of cleats he will try out during exhibition games to see which work best for him.


Bidding for Hiroyuki Nakajima ended at 7am JST (12/2 @ 5:00pm EST) this morning.  Sponichi figures up to fives teams (including the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, and the Colorado Rockies) may have submitted bids.