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1/26/2021: Kosuke Fukudome, Koji Uehara, Hiroki Sanada

by on Jan.26, 2012 @ 10:53 pm, under MLB

FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal posted notes on a couple of Japanese players:

Remember Kosuke Fukudome? [...] Fukudome, who had a combined .712 OPS last season for the Cubs and Indians, wants to remain in the majors, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Some executives, however, believe he may end up back in Japan.

Speaking of Japanese players, Rangers right-hander Koji Uehara had such a positive experience in Baltimore, he recommended the Orioles to the two free-agent lefties the team signed out of the Japanese league, Tsuyoshi Wada and Wei-Yin Chen, according to a major-league source. [...] A trade back to the Orioles is a possibility.

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Nippon Ham Fighters' team rep Toshimasa Shimada informed reporters that they received the posting fee (~US$51.7M, ~4B yen) for Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers today.

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Former Yokohama Bay Star Hiroki Sanada is only thinking about playing in the US right now.