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12/27/2011: Munenori Kawasaki drops a hint that he will be playing in the US next year

by on Dec.27, 2011 @ 10:48 am, under MLB

Nikkan Sports mentions a Boston Globe report by Nick Cafardo on remaining free agents.  A snip:

Starting pitchers

7. Hiroki Kuroda, free agent - The former Dodger still has some desire to stay out West. The Rockies have interest. Kuroda would be a good fit in Boston, where Bobby Valentine’s experience with Japanese pitchers would help. The Yankees are interested.


6. Kosuke Fukudome, free agent - He never lived up to the hype coming from Japan to the Cubs, but he is a serviceable platoon outfielder who plays decent defense.

Designated hitters

4. Hideki Matsui, free agent - All of Japan is wondering whether anyone will take him on. The 37-year-old former Yankee star is still capable of playing some defensively, but his production has slowly decreased.


Munenori Kawasaki attended a party at a hotel in Fukuoka on Monday and hinted, to about 300 fans, that he would be playing in the US next year.


Yu Darvish updated his blog on Monday asking fans how their winters were going (specifically mentioning Christmas).