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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.

Outfielders

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.

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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.

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