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10/31/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Orix, Chunichi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Yokohama

by on Oct.31, 2012 @ 5:24 pm, under MLB, NPB

The Orix Buffaloes and Chunichi Dragons are interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

Orix's Yoshio Murayama:

"If [Ichiro] decides to return to Japan, then we will be interested.  Orix can be the only one.  We see him playing in the US as a representative of Orix.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012

"It is up to him, but if it is Japan for him, then we will be interested.  There can only be Orix.  Our feelings for him are 100 times, 200 times stronger than any club in Japan."  Source: Sponichi 10/31/2012

Murayama has kept in touch with Ichiro over the years -- they dine together frequently during the off-season.  Source: Sports Hochi 10/31/2012

Chunichi official: "If [Ichiro] decides to return to Japan, then we will of course move on him. ... We have already discussed it internally and our business operations would welcome him."  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012


The Yokohama Bay Stars are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka.  Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2012