Shuichi Murata met with the Yokohama Bay Stars at the team offices today for a second time (meeting lasted about 15 minutes) and informed them that he wanted to play for the Yomiuri Giants. He later held a press conference and said, "The Yokohama Bay Stars took care of me for nine years, but I have decided to use my FA option to join the Yomiuri Giants. ... I do have a goal to win and I could not shake that desire to play for a team with a chance to win a championship next year. ... The Giants are a team with tradition/history and I do not want to embarrass them on the baseball field."
UPDATE @ 4:03pm - Murata has apparently decided on the number 25.